School hires armed security guard

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Updated: 3/01/2013 11:52 am Published: 2/26/2013 10:45 pm

The addition of an armed guard at a midtown Tulsa elementary school has at least one parent raising concerns. A private donor gave $10,000 to Eliot Elementary for the hiring of an armed guard for the remainder of the school year.

"$10,000 will actually buy 10 laptop computers," said parent Amy Anderson.

The decision came down a couple of weeks after 26 elementary students and teachers were killed in a mass shooting in Newtown, CT.

"We fully, fully understand her concerns," said TPS spokesman, Chris Payne.

TPS agreed to accept a $10,000 donation to hire the guard and held meetings to discuss the situation with parents. But Anderson called those “perfunctory measures”, saying the meetings were only held after she and other parents questioned the announced decision of hiring a guard.

“The position statements from the various national education and health agencies which I provided to Ms. Metcalf were not shared with other parents,” said Anderson. “Nor were any resources given to us about how having an armed guard would make Eliot safer.”

"None of this came about until the money was waved in their face," said Anderson.

When FOX23 called TPS officials said the principal at Eliot was not available to discuss the decision. Anderson said she'll go to the superintendent.

TPS has its own police force, to respond to incidents at any school in the district. Since the massacre in Newtown the district has been re-examining safety and security-procedures with parents, and other members of the community.

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