New Jersey high school to hire armed security officer

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WANTAGE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Officials at a high school in northwestern New Jersey are trying to add a gun-carrying security officer to the payroll.

High Point Regional High School in Wantage Township plans to allow the district’s security officer, who is a retired State Police trooper, to carry a handgun on school property.

The New Jersey School Boards Association tells The Star-Ledger it could be the first district to have an armed officer on the payroll.

Other New Jersey school districts have armed security officers, but they generally work under the local police.

School officials say the position is needed because the largely rural community doesn’t have a police force. The nearest State Police barracks is nearly 8 miles away.

High Point receives 1,110 students from Branchville, Frankford, Lafayette, Sussex borough and Wantage.

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