Armed security on the rise in US schools as debate continues over arming teachers

Armed security on the rise in US schools as debate continues over arming teachers

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Armed security officers are becoming more prevalent at America's schools as a heated debate rages over whether teachers and other school officials should carry guns, according to a new federal study released Thursday.
Data from a survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics said armed officers were present at least once a week in 43 percent of all public schools during the 2015-16 school year, compared with 31 percent of schools a decade earlier.
Last month's mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida put renewed focus on the role of armed school security guards after a video showed that a sheriff's deputy didn't enter the building where the attack was taking place.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said that schools should have the option to arm teachers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.