Parents fund armed officer at Scottsdale private school

by Jill Monier, FOX 10 News  |  published on February 14, 2013

An armed, off-duty police officer has been hired to patrol a Scottsdale school campus. But it’s not the school paying for the officer, it’s the parents.

Parents of El Dorado private school wanted the extra security following the Newtown massacre.

“We decided right off the bat that this was the best we could do to ensure the safety of our children especially after Newtown,” says Principal Linda McDermott.

El Dorado is pre-k through 8th grade. The armed off-duty officer has been in place for about a month now. The principal says they haven’t had much pushback from parents.

Part way through our interview, Scottsdale Police Officer Stacy Juarez paused to wave to some 2nd graders walking by. Juarez is one of the armed off-duty officers, hired by parents, to patrol El Dorado private school.

“What else are we protecting if we’re not protecting our children first? I don’t know,” says Brian Bratspis, parent & co-chair of the safety committee.

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