More armed security, gun control to be weighed by Fairfax Co. School Board

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the fatal school shooting in Florida, Fairfax County’s School Board will hear vastly divergent suggestions from members on how to keep children safe.

In Thursday night’s meeting, board member Ryan McElveen will ask Fairfax County residents to demand stricter federal and statewide gun control measures.

“Members of the community are invited to stand in solidarity with us in memory of all the lives lost to the plague of gun violence and to call on our legislators to act,” said McElveen in a tweet.

In addition to gun regulations, McElveen’s resolution will seek to advance mental health support for students.

Board member Elizabeth Schultz will introduce a proposal that would consider the possibility of a full-time armed presence at all Fairfax County schools.

On Twitter, Schultz asked, “Are our kids important enough to protect in the same way we guard money in a bank?”

In a form indicating what board members wish to discuss, Schultz laid out the goals of her proposal:


Currently, school resource officers, who are Fairfax County police officers, are the only people allowed to be armed in county middle and high schools.

Fairfax County is the largest school system in the region.

Neal Augenstein

Neal Augenstein has been a reporter at WTOP since 1997. Through the years, Neal has covered many of the crimes and trials that have gripped the region. Neal's been pleased to receive awards over the years for hard news, feature reporting, use of sound and sports.

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