- Associated Press - Monday, June 23, 2014

WANTAGE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - In a story June 22 about a New Jersey high school hiring an armed security officer, The Associated Press erroneously attributed a comment about it possibly being the first district in the state to have an armed officer on the payroll. High Point Regional High School Superintendent Scott Ripley said it, not the New Jersey School Boards Association.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Armed guard to patrol New Jersey high school

Armed guard to patrol New Jersey high school

WANTAGE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Officials at a high school in northwestern New Jersey are trying to add a gun-carrying security officer to the payroll.

High Point Regional High School in Wantage Township plans to allow the district’s security officer, who is a retired State Police trooper, to carry a handgun on school property.

High Point Regional High School Superintendent Scott Ripley tells The Star-Ledger (https://bit.ly/1lJJHmv) it could be the first district to have an armed officer on the payroll.

Other New Jersey school districts have armed security officers, but they generally work under the local police.

School officials say the position is needed because the largely rural community doesn’t have a police force. The nearest State Police barracks is nearly 8 miles away.

High Point receives 1,110 students from Branchville, Frankford, Lafayette, Sussex borough and Wantage.

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