LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Little Rock School board did not approve a measure Thursday night, allowing armed guards on each of its campuses. However, they did approve items to install magnetic doors and hiring additional unarmed security officers.
Security director Bobby Jones strongly recommended passing the armed guard measure, but the board did not.
"I don't want the public to perceive that this is a response to crises that are happening right now in our schools. We are having this because of Sandy Hook. It's appropriate now," said board member Greg Adams.
One board member advised parents to watch for signs of mental illness.
"Don't be in denial about your kids, get your children help. Don't wait until something bad happens and then you are like, 'You know he had that problem,' help them now," said board member Norma Jean Johnson.