Chatfield School Director Matt Young tells The Flint Journal (http://bit.ly/V7n5xF) that the security officer "made a breach in security protocol" in leaving the gun "for a few moments" on Monday. Young says no children at the school in Lapeer were in contact with the gun or put in danger.
After a recent review of security procedures, the school for kindergarten through eighth grade seemingly took the National Rifle Association's advice in hiring the security officer to help strengthen security. The officer is a retired firearms instructor from the Lapeer County sheriff's department.
The school is located about 45 miles northwest of Detroit. The county prosecutor's office says a criminal charge isn't expected, since no one was harmed.
In response to the Newtown shooting, the NRA proposed schools hire armed guards and even arm teachers and staff. This alleged safety blunder has added fuel to arguments from opponents of such measures and is further stirring debate.
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Information from: The Flint Journal, http://www.mlive.com/flint
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