Beshear signs bill to require school officers to be armed

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear announces he signed a school safety measure on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 in Frankfort, Ky. The measure will require that law enforcement officers carry weapons when assigned to provide security at schools. Beshear was joined at the announcement by J. Michael Brown, right, his secretary of the Cabinet. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has signed legislation requiring that law enforcement officers to carry weapons when assigned to provide security at schools.

The measure won bipartisan support in the state House and Senate. The measure is a follow-up to last year’s sweeping school safety law, which did not specify whether school police officers needed to carry a weapon.

The school safety efforts are in response to the 2018 shooting at Marshall County High School in western Kentucky, where two 15-year-old students were killed.

More than a dozen others were injured when another student opened fire.

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(This story was originally published on February 21, 2020)

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