Officials studying armed guards at schools in Orange County, Calif.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

School officials in coastal Orange County are investigating the cost of hiring armed security guards to potentially patrol grade schools or high schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

In a 4-3 vote, school board members directed administrators to find out the price tag for armed security at a single elementary school or high school — something that could expand district-wide in neighboring Newport Beach and Costa Mesa.

Trustees emphasized the exploration doesn't mean they are committed to putting guns in the hands of guards, but the idea was distasteful enough for some board members to vote against even finding out the price.

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