The Hilton Central School District held its second public meeting Monday night about arming school security.
The policy would allow a school security guard at the high school to be armed with a weapon.
One public forum was held on August 8 to hear the public’s input about whether or not to arm the security guard.
Questions and comments were written down by members of the public who came to the forum, then were taken to the front of the room and addressed one by one by the administration.
Senior Neroyssette Ramos believes arming school security is the right move.
“I feel if they added that, we would all feel protected, in a way,” she said.
District leaders say if the idea becomes a reality, security staff would keep the weapon concealed and would have to pass a series of psychological and physical requirements before they are allowed to carry a weapon in school.
Superintendent Casey Kosiorek says the only security that would be armed would be individuals who have worked in law enforcement.
“We are looking to aim highly-trained individuals,” he told 13WHAM. “We aren’t looking to arm teachers. Teachers are trained to teach.”
Some parents were uneasy about the idea, arguing it won’t help make schools any safer.
“I think we have to be proactive,” said Andre Hudson. “We have to address bullying, counseling, parent involvement. I think there’s a whole slew of issues to be proactive.”
The superintendent says this is not a done deal. There is a meeting scheduled for October at which the School Board is tentatively scheduled to vote on the idea. — WHAM 13