New Rochelle BOE, police agree to plan for armed guards at HS

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NEW ROCHELLE -

The New Rochelle Board of Education reached an agreement with the police department Tuesday on a plan to have armed guards in the high school.

The plan follows three violent stabbings involving students at the school, one of which resulted in a girl's death. Administrators also moved in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that killed 17 people.

The two groups agreed on an armed police presence in and around New Rochelle High School on a regular basis for the rest of the school year.

Officers will patrol doors and the surrounding area, but officials would not divulge details or how many officers would be hired.

"In the interest of safety, we try not to let all that detail go out publicly so we can keep the parameters of this away from those that may want to misuse this information," says School Superintendent Brian Osborne.

But the decision has rankled some people. A new committee is being put together to assess the school district's security needs. It is supposed to meet in March and has until April to provide guidelines. 

"Why would the superintendent pre-empt what our group might do?" Vincent Malfetano, of New Rochelle.

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