Panel advances bill requiring armed officers at schools

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The Senate Education Committee has approved a bill to require that police officers assigned to Kentucky schools be armed.

The committee on Thursday advanced the measure to the full Senate.

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The action came on the second anniversary of the shooting at Marshall County High School in western Kentucky. Two 15-year-old students were killed and more than a dozen others were injured.

The bill is a follow-up to last year’s school safety law, which did not specify whether school police officers needed to carry a weapon.

The new bill would add the requirement that all school-based officers be armed.