Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long has talked with the superintendent of the county schools more than once in the past few years about putting police officers in every building, not just the high schools and middle schools. They've been in agreement on the idea, but Long doesn't have the money in his budget, and his appeals for federal grants keep getting denied.
Then, 20 children and six teachers were killed last month in Newtown, Conn.
Very quickly, the sheriff, the superintendent and the county mayor decided to pay for the additional officers with local tax dollars, even if the money isn't in the budget. Their plan is to pull $2.5 million out of the county reserve fund.