A Florida woman is paying an armed deputy to patrol her child’s elementary school due to safety concerns following the shooting that killed 20 children in Newtown, Connecticut.
Laura Lauria has given the Flagler County School District enough money to cover the costs of keeping a deputy at Old Kings Elementary School for two months. And Superintendent Janet Valentine said Lauria has agreed to cover the costs — $22,000 through the end of the year.
“We want people to come forward and solve problems,” said Valentine. “It’s the power of one. We appreciate that.”
There are six resource deputies at the county’s high school and middle schools. Officials have considered putting deputies at two elementary schools, but say the costs are prohibitive.
“I think that is fantastic,” said parent Jill Peron. “I’m surprised, I think it’s great for the kids. That’s expensive for one parent to contribute.”
Deputies were eliminated from elementary schools in 2005.
Flagler Sheriff Jim Manfre said he appreciates Lauria’s concern, but asking a parent to pay for security is a “Band-Aid solution.”
“All we are doing is providing security for one school,” said Manfre. “I think it is commendable. I think what she is doing is important and it fills the gap.”