W. Pa. school reports armed guards working well

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania school district that began using armed guards last year has finished the academic year with no officer drawing a gun.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (http://bit.ly/19Ph7cO ) reports Friday that Butler Area School District officials say the community generally supports the presence of 17 armed guards in the district’s 15 schools, which are about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh.

The school board voted 8-1 last Dec. 10 to have armed guards and set policies. But the deadly school shootings in Newtown, Conn. on Dec. 14 prompted them to implement the policy even faster than first planned.

The guards are retired state police officers who are armed with .40-caliber Glock handguns. Officials say salaries, training and weapons have cost the district $277,000.

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