Middle and high schools in Los Alamos, N.M., will soon have gun safes full of shotguns and semi-automatic weapons on campus.
The Los Alamos school board late last month approved Police Chief Dino Sgambellone’s request to have police-owned gun safes installed inside the schools. He said the safes will help officers respond more quickly in the case of an active shooter. Often, the chief said, valuable time is lost when officers have to run back to their cars to retrieve weapons they need to handle a shooter situation.
The cases will be bolted down in a secure area, and only police officers will have access to the equipment.
A version of this article appeared in the September 07, 2016 edition of Education Week as N.M. District to Install Gun Safes on Campuses