Jonathan GordonFeb 28, 2018, 9:40 pmMar 1, 2018, 6:01 pm

Armed guards to help provide security at New Rochelle High School

Officials say the purpose of the guards is to ease student's minds about potential violence in the school


NEW ROCHELLE — In light of several student-related violence incidents in the city and the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, armed New Rochelle police officers will be monitoring the building's entrances and patrolling the perimeter for the rest of the year. Officials say that the purpose of the guards is to ease students' minds about potential violence in the halls, but is not intended to stop violence off-campus, such as the recent stabbing death of Valaree Schwab, 16.

"There's a balance here between having a humanizing and affirmative and welcoming and comfortable place for all of our students to learn and our staff to work and also affording our staff and students the proper amount of security," said New Rochelle Superintendent Brian Osborne.

Osborne says that the school district will be footing the bill for the officers, but the ultimate cost is still unknown.

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