PLYMOUTH (WKOW) -- Lakeland College has made the decision to arm its security staff, starting next month.
Sheboygan Press Media reports school officials say they started considering the change about a year ago, in response to gun violence at other campuses. Then in May, a visitor using the Lakeland athletic facility got into an argument with a student and later returned with a gun. The situation ended without any injuries.
Nate Dehne, who oversees Lakeland College security, said that incident underscored the reality that no school is without risk.
"We're asking (Lakeland security staff) to potentially charge into a situation where they're not fully equipped, and to us, that did not seem reasonable or logical to do that," Dehne said. "It's giving them the tools of their trade to keep us safe and to keep them safe."
Lakeland's security guards will start carrying .45 caliber Glocks by early next month, as first reported by the campus newspaper "The Lakeland Mirror.
For more than a decade, Lakeshore Technical College has hired police officers and sheriff's deputies from Manitowoc and Sheboygan to work as part-time armed security staff.
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