Two Upstate school districts are already on board to add armed deputies at schools in January. Both Spartanburg districts 3 and 6 already have school resource officers in their middle and high schools. But starting in January they will have them in all elementary schools too.
It's a plan that sprung into action with the help of the Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office the day the tragedy unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.
Right now, both districts plan to dip into their general fund budgets to hire deputies as school resource officers.
"If we have to go into the emergency fund to make sure our youngest and most precious children are safe and our staff, that's what those funds are for," said Spartanburg County District 6 Superintendent Dr. Darryl Owings.
The Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office told Fox Carolina these two districts are the only ones so far to move forward with the plan and it's a measure other school districts in the area are considering too. It's important to know that no deputy will be reassigned from their primary duties. This will be considered a part-time job on their off time from the sheriff's office.
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