Posted at: 01/06/2013 11:53 AM
Updated at: 01/06/2013 11:54 AM
By: Associated Press
From New York's Staten Island borough, an idea has emerged to tap into the city's vast network of retired police officers as an armed force to patrol the schools.
Staten Island's Community Education Council is voting Monday on a proposal to hire 300 to 500 retired police officers to serve as plainclothes security guards, carrying concealed weapons and rotating among the city's 1,750 schools.
The idea has gained some support in the borough that is home to many retired officers, but it has little chance of becoming a reality. That's because the borough's council only has the power to make a recommendation to the larger New York City school board. That board and Mayor Michael Bloomberg have already indicated they're not interested.
Still, after last month's school shooting in Connecticut, some Staten Island parents say the idea is worth considering.