DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – With the words to “put their money where their hearts are,” Douglas County Commissioners took a step towards allocating $10 million toward additional school security.

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The move comes less than a week since a student was killed and eight others injured at the STEM School in Highlands Ranch.

STEM did not have a school resource officer from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Instead, it had a private security guard.

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CBS4’s Rick Sallinger learned that security camera video inside the school showed the guard firing in the direction of a responding deputy. A special prosecutor from El Paso County is now being appointed to investigate further.

At a meeting on Monday, parents and others suggested metal detectors at the schools and more school resource officers as possible solutions.

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One person who spoke before the commissioners, Jafar Partowmah, suggested firearms should be allowed to be used with valid concealed carry permits.

Parents including Anatastia Hadwiger, a mother of two children in the Douglas County School District, said she would favor metal detectors and trained armed personnel.

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Another mother, Brooke Brooks, emphasized the time for words has passed, “the time to act is now.”

The $10 million is to come from the country’s general fund “savings account.” The revenue is from property taxes.

Rick Sallinger

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