Study: Armed guards are on the rise in AMERICAN schools

WASHINGTON – A new federal study says armed security personnel is increasingly common in America’s schools as a heated debate rages on about whether teachers and other school officials to carry guns.

According to the data from a survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics and released Thursday, armed officers were present at least once per week in 43 percent of all public schools during the 2015-16 school year, compared to 31 percent of the schools a decade earlier.

Last month’s mass shooting at a Florida high school put renewed attention on the role of the armed school guards after a video showed a sheriff’s deputy is not in the building where the attack occurred.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said that schools should have the ability to arm teachers.

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