Flagler Beach mom donates $12K to hire deputy at daughter's school

Mom pays for deputy to be stationed at daughter's elementary school

By Erik von Ancken - Anchor/Reporter

FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. - A Flagler County mother has effectively "hired" a deputy for her daughter's elementary school because of concerns she had after the mass school shooting in Connecticut, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

A sheriff's spokesman said Laura Lauria wrote a check for nearly $12,000 to the Flagler County School District, which will reimburse the Sheriff's Office to station a deputy for 6 hours per day, 5 days per week, at Old Kings Elementary School in Flagler Beach.

Currently, school resource deputies are stationed at all Flagler County high schools and as many as 3 middle schools, but not at elementary schools.

The Sheriff's Office spokesman said Lauria funded the "hiring" through her police supply company, Police Services Inc.

Local 6 contacted the offices of Police Services Inc. in Ormond Beach on Monday, but Lauria could not be reached for comment.

The spokesman also said FCSO wants to put deputies at all schools in the county and is working on finding funding.

Flagler County parents tell Local 6 they support the addition of the deputy.

"If I had the money I'd hire 4 or 5," said grandmother Gwen Hadley. "To know there's someone there if someone comes in with a gun they could try and stop them before they kill more children."

Parent Lisa Howell agreed.

"I think it's going to make a lot of parents more comfortable that someone else is able to do that, and it's helping a lot of people," Howell said.

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