LRSD plan for armed guards on campuses fails

LITTLE ROCK - The Little Rock School Board struck down a controversial proposal Thursday night that would bring armed guards to all campuses.

Superintendent Morris Holmes recommended the board approve the plan to bring armed guards to all campuses, including elementary schools.

That plan was not seconded, however, and failed before it was put to a vote.

Beforehand, the skeptical board heard the results of a district-wide poll gauging support for the enhanced security.

It showed 86 percent of parents wanted armed guards specifically at elementary schools campuses.

All but two elementary school principals supported the idea, according to Dr. Holmes.

Sixteen Little Rock campuses have armed school resource officers who are trained LRPD officers.

The guards in the proposal though would have called for qualified individuals outside of the shorthanded department.

The board did vote to employ additional unarmed security at some of its larger campuses.