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Superintendent Finco: Armed guards not necessary in schools

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ONALASKA, WI (WXOW)—Onalaska Superintendent Fran Finco said adding an armed guard in all schools isn't necessary to provide safety.

Finco said they can provide a safe environment by building relationships with teachers, parents and students, then someone will notice if something is wrong.

Finco said schools should have precautionary and reactionary plans and then practice them.

But, he said you won't know if your plan is good enough until it's tested, and no one wants that.

Even if you have the best security plan in place, Finco said, if somebody wants to hurt us they'll find a way.

"But what if you had an armed guard at every door? Finco said. "What would the expense of that be? And then what would happen when kids went out for recess or went out on the playground?"

As part of Onalaska's precautionary plan, they have one resource officer that travels among all schools. That officer carries a weapon.

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