School security officers walked the halls armed for the first time at Emporia schools Friday.
The change comes after the Emporia school district approved the measure for the high school and middle school last month. The board hopes to increase safety and prevent a tragedy similar to Sandy Hook elementary in December.
One guard at each school must now carry a side arm as well as monitor everyday routines."It puts another tool in the tool box," said Jeff Illk, school security officer. "It gives me another opportunity to do things that I wouldn't have been able to do without a weapon."
The position requires the officers to have law enforcement experience, 70-percent shooting accuracy and 20 training hours each year.