Santa Barbara- S County

Florida school shooting puts campus security in the spotlight

Not all schools have resource officers

School security is in the spotlight...

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After a recent online threat, more than 100 parents signed a petition asking for a School Resource Officer or SRO to be placed at San Marcos High in Santa Barbara.

The deadly Valentine's Day school shooting at a Florida has put school security nationwide in the spotlight.

Santa Barbara Unified School District Superintendent Cary Matsuoka said he has worked with law enforcement agencies in many districts.

He said he supports the petition and hopes budget challenges can be resolved.

"It's sad we've reached a point where schools are no longer safe and I view schools as sacred spaces," said Matsuoka.

The Santa Barbara Sheriff Department provides deputies for high schools in Lompoc, Santa Maria, and Goleta.

Sheriff's spokesperson Kelly Hoover said if funding is found an officer could be assigned quickly.

Hoover said the Florida school had a resource officer on campus.

She said that may have helped but the whole story is still coming out.


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