After school shooting, Baltimore board votes to arm patrols

BALTIMORE (AP) — Just weeks after a school shooting in Baltimore, the city’s school board has reversed its initial rejection of legislation that would arm school police officers.

The Baltimore Sun reports debate surrounding the board’s unanimous decision to reject the legislation last month was revived after the Feb. 8 shooting that wounded a high school special education assistant. Police have said a student’s 25-year-old relative, Neil Davis, entered Frederick Douglass High School that day and shot Michael Marks, who survived.

Baltimore has a sworn school police force that can be armed during patrols outside school buildings and hours, but must store weapons during the school day. The legislation was proposed by state Del. Cheryl Glenn, who says the board’s decision provides “a lot of the support the delegation needs to see.”

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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