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Lufkin ISD parents in wake of Pres. Obama's gun control speech: We want armed security

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There are many questions and concerns surrounding the gun law issue, and one of the first things that come to mind is school safety.

With an expected $150 million to spread around to school districts to beef up security, parents are pretty vocal about where they want that money to go. East Texas News talked to parents who were picking up their kids from school at Dunbar Primary and learned that most parents want armed security at their children's schools.

Teacher at Dunbar Primary hold every child's hand and walk them to his or her car at the end of the day.

"It's just a safety issue," Suzane Langford, a teacher at Dunbar Primary, said. "We make sure we have their hand and walk them to their car"

In response to a question about whether she felt her child is safe at Dunbar Primary, Kristen Reed, said, "I do feel like he's safe here."

However, the number-one security measure parents would like to see implemented at Dunbar Primary is a campus security officer.

"They could have campus security," Lisa Crow.

"Even more security that would be better,"Liz Gorman said.

Latoya Cole said, "I think they should have a law enforcement in the hallways or some type of security that should roam the school and they should be armed."

"I wouldn't mind seeing you know an armed security guard/police officer at the campus," Chester Brown said.

However, that wasn't the only suggestion.

"I would say more video cameras around the school," Pinky Chong said.

"I like the security cameras. I like the gates," Kristin Reed said. "I know that we do have a gate here that is you know you have to be buzzed in."

Dorthy Pierce said that gun sellers need to "do more background checks and stuff on the people that's actually buying the guns and keep it from happening in the first place."

Lufkin ISD Superintendent Roy Knight said it's a nice gesture, but the government needs to put their money where their mouth is.

"A one-time benefit that sounds like a lot, you divide that by 1,012 school districts, that's less than 30K a school district, that's one part time counselor for one year…what happens the following year?" Knight said. "When you do the math that really quantifies the commitment to sincere school safety"

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