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Orange County Commissioners Approve Paying for Armed Deputies at Elementary Schools

The estimated cost of the move is $2 million-$3 million for the rest of the school year

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    Law enforcement officers canvass the area following the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday.

    Orange County commissioners in Florida have approved paying for armed deputies to be at elementary schools following last week's mass shooting at a Connecticut school.

    Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to pay for the deputies to be at the 60 elementary schools in unincorporated Orange County. The county is home to Orlando.

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    The cost of assigning deputies to the elementary schools is between $2 million and $3 million for the remainder of the school year.

    The massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school last week left 20 students and six adults dead.

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