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School security grants awarded / September 05, 2013
Halifax County will receive $52,080 in state grant funding to pay for security equipment at six schools as part of Virginia’s $6 million School Security Equipment Grant program.

Governor Bob McDonnell yesterday announced the awards to 459 Virginia schools and regional education programs, including those in Halifax County. The grants will pay for security equipment, including video monitoring systems, metal detectors, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems and communications systems providing direct links between schools and law enforcement agencies.

Halifax received money for security equipment at six schools: Clays Mill Elementary, Halifax High, Meadville Elementary, Scottsburg Elementary, Sinai Elementary and Sydnor Jennings Elementary.

Halifax was one of 86 school divisions to successfully apply for the funds.

The School Security Equipment Grant program was proposed by the governor in February and established by the General Assembly through the passage of the 2013 Appropriation Act and House Bill 2343, which was sponsored by Delegate Beverly J. Sherwood, R-Winchester.

The legislation directed the Virginia Public School Authority to issue bonds to fund up to $6 million in competitive grants statewide for the purchase and installation of school security equipment. School divisions and regional educational programs were invited in June to apply for grants of up to $100,000.

Additional state funding for school security was one of a series of recommendations made by the governor’s Taskforce on School and Campus Safety. McDonnell created the blue-ribbon panel in the aftermath of the December 14, 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, that claimed the lives of 20 students, the school’s principal, two teachers, two aides and a school psychologist.

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$52,080 in security grants? All you need is a sign out front declaring the campus a gun free zone. Everyone knows that murderous, psychotic devils hell bent on death and destruction would not dream of entering a gun free zone. It is much too dangerous to allow law abiding teachers with concealed carry permits the ability to stop the slaughter of innocent children before police arrive.


Yes teachers and people with CCP's need to be able to carry on school grounds. PERIOD! A gun free zone is an invite for the nut jobs!
ALl thes homeland securtiy grants are doing are making a domestic military of our police/sheriff's offices loyal to homeland securtiy. IF cops can have body armor, Car-15's hi-cap mags, etc, then we need to as law abiding citizens. I am tired of the over reach of secuirty vs freedom. Once we give it up it is hard to get it back.

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