Experts: Trained police needed for school security

FILE - In this May 10, 2001, file photo, El Cajon, Calif., Police department school resource officer Rich Agundez Jr., who confronted and wounded a student who attacked Granite Hills High School with a shotgun in 2001, testifies in El Cajon. (Photo: U-T San Diego, John Gastaldo / AP)

FILE - In this May 10, 2001, file photo, El Cajon, Calif., Police department school resource officer Rich Agundez Jr., who confronted and wounded a student who attacked Granite Hills High School with a shotgun in 2001, testifies in El Cajon. (Photo: U-T San Diego, John Gastaldo / AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — When a student fired a shotgun through the windows of a California high school to start an attack in 2001, Rich Agundez was ready. The El Cajon police officer was assigned to the school and wounded the shooter before the student could get inside the building.

While the National Rifle Association envisions armed volunteers in every school, Agundez, school safety experts and school board members say there’s a huge difference between a trained officer who becomes part of the school family and a guard with a gun.

The NRA’s proposal has sparked a debate across the country as gun control rises once again as a national issue.

This article was written by The Associated Press.  (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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