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The wealthy coastal city of Southern California is considering plans to add armed security guards to its four public school campuses in the wake of a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 children and two teachers.

Schools – Malibu Elementary, Webster Elementary, Malibu Middle and Malibu High Schools. – fall within the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District but are located in nearby Malibu. Funding for the program is likely to come mostly from the city, but one Malibu council member insisted at Monday’s meeting that the district foot the bill, the Santa Monica Daily Press reported.

“We need to demand that the school district fund this — demand it, not just plead with them and take ‘no’ for an answer — demand and, if necessary, consider legal action because it’s their responsibility to keep our school students safe,” said Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Silverstein. Said.

There is no estimate on the cost of the program. The school district supported the plan, but the newspaper reported that it would initially fall within the city limits.

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A street view of Malibu Elementary School.  A city is considering a plan to put armed security guards at its schools in the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a Texas school.

A street view of Malibu Elementary School. A city is considering a plan to put armed security guards at its schools in the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a Texas school.
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“We are pleased to be working collaboratively under the direction of LASD [Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station] Captain [Jennifer] Seatoo, City of Malibu and other Malibu community partners to improve security measures and response as a pilot project around our four Malibu schools, “SMMUSD Superintendent Ben Drati said in a statement Tuesday.” We appreciate this joint effort to improve patrolling and response time. And thanks to the Malibu City Council for intervening in emergencies or threats to our campuses and for the initial funding for this pilot. “

Located 35 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, Malibu’s schools are served by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In this meeting, some officials expressed concern about the safety of the school.

“It’s been an elephant in a room in Malibu since I attended school here,” council member Mike Pearson – whose own children have since graduated from Malibu schools – told a meeting. “I really think this is the moment we need to take another step. I think it’s very clear. I do not think anyone is actually opposed to doing anything here.”

At Monday’s meeting, council members voted to send out requests for proposals. One for private security services and the other for consulting services to find ways to improve security.

Silverstein said following LASD’s instructions for security could prevent other potential solutions unrelated to the guards.

Fox News reached out to Malibu council members, the school district and the sheriff’s department.

“There’s a saying: If you’re a hammer, every problem is a nail,” he said Monday. “And it doesn’t surprise me that the sheriff’s department’s initial reaction and recommendation is private law enforcement — ‘We can’t do it, but law enforcement is the right answer’ — because the sheriff’s department is law enforcement. They know that.”

School campus safety has been a major concern across the country for years, but recently came into the spotlight following the mass shooting at Uvalde Elementary School in Texas.

An armed gunman killed 21 people, mostly schoolchildren, after a rampage outside the campus at Raab Elementary School.

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