Peru school leaders look for funding to put armed security in every school

Retired officers would be in 5 Peru schools

PERU, Ind. - Armed security guards in every school is an idea the National Rifle Association is advocating, and at least one Indiana community is working to make it happen.

The latest numbers show there are 23,000 schools, across the country with armed security guards. Now, people in Peru want to add five more schools to that list.

Nearly two months after watching the death count rise to 20 first graders and six adults, parents more than 760 miles away wonder how they can prevent a tragedy like the one in Newtown, Conn.

"That was very, very heart wrenching for me, because I have a first grader and just the thought that he may not have come home that day, and just the thought of if that would have happened here is just very heartbreaking," said parent Brandy Caldwell.

Peru leaders are considering putting armed guards in the school district's five schools.

"Let's look at entrances, let's look at security measures and let's look at, do we need school resource officers," said Superintendent Chuck Brimbury.

While Sandy Hook Elementary didn't have a security guard on campus, there was an armed guard at Columbine High School when 15 people were killed and several others wounded there in 1999.

"Does it provide more safety? Who's to say? Again, if someone is determined to get in there to do whatever they're planning on doing, I think they're going to do that," said parent Terry Quinn.

Peru leaders want to hire retired police to protect their more than 2,300 students. The question is how to pay for it.

Brimbury said the question of funding won't keep administrators from exploring ways to protect students.

"We’ll do what’s necessary to make sure our kids are safe, we always have," he said. "Funding cannot be the reason that we don’t look into things.”

Caldwell said you can't put a price on anyone's safety, especially a child's.

"I don't think there’s a dollar amount that you can place on the safety of any human being, but a child in particular… I think whatever you have to spend to keep them safe, you spend it," said Caldwell.

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