Local School District Considers Armed Officer On Campus

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Students in the Nelsonville-York City School district could see an armed addition to their schools in the future.

At school board meeting last week, Nelsonville Police Chief Jason Wallace presented a proposal to train an armed resource officer to patrol the schools.

Mick McClelland, superintendent of Nelsonville-York City Schools, said he supports the police department's plan, but does not know if the district can afford the expense of bringing an officer on board.

"Everyone's in a budget crunch, so I don't know that we can afford that," he said. "But it's something we are definitely going to look at."

If the police department's proposal is adopted, the school district would be responsible for paying the officer during the school year.

As of Tuesday, the police department had not submitted an official projected cost to Nelsonville-York City Schools.

The proposal comes about one month after 27 people were killed in a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school.

Following the Newtown shooting, police have responded to a variety of threats at southeast Ohio schools.

Most recently, Muskingum County sheriff's deputies responded to and are investigating a bomb threat discovered at Maysville High School Tuesday morning.