New Jersey town deploys armed cops in schools as new session begins
Marlboro, NJ, United States (4E) – Responding to a national debate on security over how to stop gun massacres at public places, Marlboro, a small town in New Jersey, on Wednesday started deploying armed police at every school as the academic session resumes after New Year.
The police will be stationed for next three months until the government comes up with plans to improve security at schools.
The new policy came in the wake of December’s massacre when a gunman killed 20 toddlers and six school staff at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
“The safety and security of our students, staff, and buildings are of utmost importance. To that end, and in response to the Newtown, CT tragedy, starting Wednesday, January 2, every Marlboro school will have an armed, uniformed Marlboro Township police officer,” the Marlboro education authority said on its website.
According to a Department of Justice study, full-time police deployment at schools in quite common in the country since past two decades. “Nearly half of all public schools have assigned police officers,” the 2010 study said, and “assigning officers to schools is becoming increasingly popular.”