Updated: 03/05/2014 11:24 PM
Created: 03/04/2014 4:51 PM WHEC.com
News10NBC is told the Board of Trustees at Finger Lakes Community College has passed a vote to arm the school’s security staff with guns.
This means campus peace officers will carry guns, rather than just a baton and pepper spray like they do now.
The board met Wednesday afternoon to give its approval to the president's recommendation that the peace officers begin carrying firearms as soon as August for the 2014 school year.
News10NBC is told this has really been in the works for quite some time. In fact, the Director of Campus Safety says this issue has been the subject of numerous discussions since the Virginia Tech shooting back in 2007. Back then, a special safety committee recommended Finger Lakes Community College to begin requiring its officers to become sworn peace officers and carry firearms. The college decided not to arm officers at the time.
Wednesday night News10NBC wanted to know what students think about this change.
“I think it would be good for the general public, for school at least. At least it will give them a scare not to do something bad, because there's a lot of theft that goes around here, and even that would kind of prevent that stuff to happen,” said Camille McDonald, student.
“I definitely believe we are just creating more of a society that depends on guns, and that's what we're trying to get away from, especially in schools,” said Catherine Heeb, student.
School officials say each security officer has already graduated from the state law enforcement academy and is trained and certified to carry a firearm.