Orange County schools to beef up security

Classes resume next week with officers stationed at 60 schools

ORLANDO, Fla. - In Orange County, school leaders are planning to meet with the sheriff about safety after the school shooting in Connecticut.

Of the more than 125 elementary schools in Orange County, 60 of them will have Orange County deputies inside, leaving parents in other schools wondering what their schools will do to beef up security.

The security measures come after a gunman smashed his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School Dec. 14, killing 26 children and adults. The students returned for classes for the first time after the shooting on Thursday at a nearby middle school.

Apopka is putting full-time officers in elementary schools for the first week of classes.

"If our parents and community think we need to have our officers there I'm going to work through that," said Apopka Police Chief Robert Manley. He says he's hoping something will be done countywide for schools.

Maitland had full-time officers in the schools but recently pulled them because of funding. In Winter Park and Orlando, police are doing extra patrols until further notice.

"I will tell you that my reaction today is beyond and emotional response I think it's a fiscally responsible decision," said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs. Jacobs said putting officers in schools full-time will cost $3 million and OCSO can only afford that through the end of the school year.

Manley says Apopka won't be seeing any of that $3 million funding to put officers at their schools.

Meanwhile, Local 6 has learned Florida has officially set the record for the number of gun permit requests, many of them coming in December. New state records show nearly 800,000 people applied for a gun permit in 2012, 131,000 of them coming in December and shattering the previous record of 84,000.

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