Orange County Commissioners Approve Paying for Armed Deputies at Elementary Schools

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

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.

South Florida school superintendents and parents said Tuesday they don't think principals and teachers should be allowed to bring guns to school, as a state legislator has suggested. Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho, Broward County Superintendent of Schools Robert Runcie, Paul Stiener, Dr. Nilma Feliciano, Paula Jeredano and Mario Colzadilla spoke about the issue. (Published Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012)

Orange County middle and high schools already have school resource officers on campus.

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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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