Columbia School Board Votes Against Arming Employees

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COLUMBIA - In a 4 to 3 vote, the Columbia Public School Board voted against a new gun policy proposal Monday night.

If passed, the proposal would have allowed two school employees to carry weapons.

Since the proposal failed the current security system will stay in place.

The current system uses armed school resource officers employed by the Columbia Police Department to protect the school.

Columbia School Superintendent, Dr. Chris Belcher, said the issue divided the community.

Belcher also said the community seemed to be open to the current system of employing armed resource officers from the police department, but many opposed the thought of arming school employees.