New Jersey town's schools get armed cops
NEW YORK (AFP) - Amid a national debate on how to stop gun massacres in public places, one town in New Jersey began posting armed police at every school on the restart of the academic year Wednesday.
The new policy was the town of Marlboro's response to anguished questions over security in the wake of December's massacre in which a gunman shot 20 young children and six staff dead at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
"The safety and security of our students, staff, and buildings are of utmost importance," the Marlboro education authority said on its website.
"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 measure will be in place for 90 days "while discussions about future security improvements are conducted," the statement added.