Manatee County School District hosting a school security press conference

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MANATEE COUNTY(WWSB) -This week will mark one year since the deadly school shooting in Parkland. Since the event, there has been major changes with school security.

Monday, Manatee County School District leaders will be talking about those changes. People will hear from the district's superintendent, the director of mental health services, and local law enforcement. One thing they will be discussing is the district's SRO program.

In contrast to Sarasota County Schools, which began its own police force, Manatee County went with school resource officers in middle and high schools. However, for financial reasons, elementary schools have guardians instead of SROs.

“We have some great guardians, I’ll tell you that we’ve had guardians that have prior law enforcement, prior military, that have a true desire to protect our children so as of right now, that’s where we stand in Manatee County. Guardians will be in the elementary schools until I’m told something different by the school board,” said Sheriff Rick Wells of the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

The press conference will be Monday February 11th at 10 a.m. outside of Manatee High School.

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