HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island school district says it has hired armed guards to patrol its five school campuses.

Hauppauge administrators say the extra guards will cost the district about $300,000 a year. Newsday reports there will be more than five armed guards joining the more than 20 unarmed guards already patrolling Hauppauge schools.

Administrators say the cost of the added security would not result in losses of other school programs and services.

David Barshay, an attorney who heads Hauppauge's school board, says pressures to boost school security began to build several years ago and intensified last month with the shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead.


Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com

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