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Tuesday, December 22, 2009 - 10:32am

Schools Consider Tasers For Campus Police

School officials in Coastal Georgia's Glynn County are considering arming school police officers with Tasers.

Some school board members say, school police officers need more than pepper spray and a pistol to control crowds and deter would-be criminals on school campuses, especially at sporting events.

Glynn County School board member John Madala says, school police officers should have the same weapons as those carried by police in the City of Brunswick and Glynn County.

"They're police officers. They're not kiddie cops," Madala says. "They carry nine-millimeters. They carry forty-millimeters. I mean, they carry guns."

Madala says, he would approve their use by school safety officers at all of the district's schools.

"Some of them are in elementary schools, but that doesn't mean they won't be pulled to special events or to high schools with issues or to middle schools with issues," Madala says.

Other school board members, however, are not so sure.

A safety consultant for the Georgia School Boards Association says none of the 27 districts he works with uses Tasers.

The consultant, David Magouyrk, said that it was up to each Georgia school district how to arm its officers and that the Georgia School Boards Association did not offer school districts guidelines either way.

Three years ago, a Jonesboro school police officer used a Taser on an 11-year-old boy to break up a fight.

The Glynn County board could decide the issue next month

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