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Top SC law enforcement chief recommends police in every school

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An off-duty deputy talks with Anderson Mill Elementary School students in the cafeteria while on patrol. (Jan. 7, 2013/FOX Carolina) An off-duty deputy talks with Anderson Mill Elementary School students in the cafeteria while on patrol. (Jan. 7, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Many Upstate parents tell FOX Carolina they drop their kids off every morning at school with the assumption they will be there at the end of the day. 

But after last month's deadly shooting, more parents are open to having officers inside schools.

It's a move some schools in Spartanburg and Anderson counties have already made.  State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel told state senators Thursday that his top recommendation is to add an officer in every school to protect students and teachers. 

It's a move he thinks is right and he firmly opposes arming teachers with guns.    

"They went into professional teaching because they wanted to teach, not because they wanted to carry a firearm," said Keel. 

The question of how to fund the officers is still up for debate.  Greenville County School District Communications Director Oby Lyles told us the school district is supportive of additional measures by the state to address safety and encourage full funding.

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