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Marlboro Township, New Jersey to Post Armed Police in 9 Schools

A quiet New Jersey township could be the first municipality in America to heed the NRA’s advice to post armed police officers in schools in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school massacre that killed 27 people, including 20 young children.

The New York Post reports that Marlboro Township, located about 40 miles (64 km) south of New York City in suburban Monmouth County, will permanently station an armed police officer in each of its nine schools beginning January 2.

“We’ve made a collective decision as a town that we need armed security in each of our schools,” Mayor Jonathan Hornik told the Post. “With this new evil, you can’t just sit there and hope that it doesn’t happen in your town. We must protect our kids,” he added.

Town officials claim the plan was approved before NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre’s Friday speech calling for more guns and armed guards in every school in America in response to the December 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Gunman Adam Lanza killed 27 people, including 20 children under age 8, in a gun rampage in the sleepy Connecticut town.

In addition to stationing police officers in each of its schools, Marlboro officials also said they are considering installing steel doors, bulletproof glass and surveillance cameras directly linked to the police department. Cost is no object, Mayor Hornik told the Post. 

“This isn’t a luxury item. This is a necessity, based on what we saw happen in Connecticut,” said Hornik, a Democrat who supports tighter gun control, including an assault weapons ban.

Chris Christie, New Jersey’s Republican governor, does not agree with Marlboro Township’s plan.

“I’m not someone who believes having multiple armed guards in every school will enhance the learning environment, and that’s our first responsibility inside a school,” Christie told reporters. “You don’t want to make this an armed camp for kids. I don’t think that’s a positive example for children.”

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