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Report: Armed officers in Minn. schools could cost $138 million

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While many metro schools have police officers on the payroll, a recent proposal by the NRA to place armed guards in every school across Minnesota could cost up to $138 million, the Star Tribune reports.

The proposal comes in response to the deadly mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn. that claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 children.

The figure is based on 2012 average earnings report of $70,500 for the statewide police and fire pension plan and multiplied by the 1,968 schools in the state. The cost may be reduced if armed security guards were used.

Minneapolis school sends $900,000 per year for 16 police officers in schools, a supervisor and a school patrol officer. The newspaper reports the police department underwrites the cost of cars, radios and summer salaries.

The NRA proposal has not been discussed at Minneapolis or St. Paul school board meetings. Scott Croonquist, executive director of the Association of Metropolitan School Districts, tells the Star Tribune that districts don't agree that bringing more guns into schools is a solution to the problem.

Jeffrey Brun, whose brother was an unarmed guard killed in the shooting in 2005 at Red Lake High School, supports the idea of arming officers in schools. Brun told the Pioneer Press this week that his brother, 28-year-old Derrick Brun, might have been able to change the outcome if he had a gun.

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