Iowa district nixes armed officers in schools

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 11:29 a.m. CDT

IOWA CITY (AP) — Plans for armed police officers in Iowa City schools have been put on hold.

The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that the Iowa City School Board voted unanimously Tuesday night not to pursue a federal grant that would partially fund two school resource officers for four years.

Board members say that decision was driven by the high cost — $400,000 over four years — and a lack of clear community support.

The idea first surfaced in 2007 and faced community resistance. The school district revived the idea of armed officers in schools in the wake of the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which left six educators and 20 children dead.

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