Alabama schools get authority to hire security

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) —
The Alabama Legislature has authorized city and county school systems to
hire armed security guards to protect students.

The Senate voted
21-0 Monday to go along with changes the House made to a school security
bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Dick Brewbaker of Montgomery. The
bill now goes to the governor for review.

Some schools now have
guards supplied by their local police department or sheriff's
department. But Brewbaker's bill allows school system to use their money
to hire their own armed guards who have police training or hire trained
guards through their local law enforcement agencies.

The bill was
recommended by a legislative committee that reviewed school safety
procedures after the killings at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut.

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