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Hilton School District postpones vote on armed security guards

Jun 11, 2018

Credit Hilton School District

The Hilton School District is thinking about bringing armed security guards onto their campus, as school shootings nationwide have been on the rise in recent months.

The school board was supposed to vote on Tuesday on whether or not to approve what they're calling "Armed Youth Assistants." But that vote has been postponed now due to the community asking for more discussion around the issue.

The planned board vote drew a lot of comments on social media, with some people posting on Facebook expressing concerns about how the process has been handled. 

A spokesperson for the district says the delay will provide all stakeholders an opportunity to more fully understand the proposal.

Officials say they conducted a Safety Presentation in February and shared with the public that the district was going to explore arming its security officers.

The proposal had called for the security guards to be retired law enforcement officers and have extensive training in how to responde to armed individuals.

A new date for the vote has not been scheduled yet.