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Armed Officers in Indian River Schools

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SELBYVILLE, Del.- The Indian River School District now has a dedicated task force of officers and they're armed.

Less than a year after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the Indian River School District's plans to ensure the safety of its students are coming to fruition.

Monday was the first day armed officers, known as school safety monitors, were patrolling the schools in the district.

Fourteen schools in the district will each have a school safety monitor, equipped with a loaded firearm. They'll be present on school grounds every minute of the school day, checking for unlocked doors, looking for suspicious activity, and monitoring areas with high concentrations of students, like the gymnasium and cafeteria.

Most of the monitors were troopers with the Delaware State Police, however, John Campbell is a retired member of the United States Secret Service.

"This school district has taken the lead to get this done in Delaware," said Campbell. "I believe they are absolutely doing the right thing."

However, some people don't agree with Campbell, saying firearms don't belong on school grounds.

"With children today, you never know, a child could come up and grab the firearm," said Billy Windgate of Selbyville.

Campbell says high-level retention holsters will prevent students from taking the gun.

The Indian River School District is the first in Sussex County to have a dedicated task force of armed officers on school grounds.

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