- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

MONROEVILLE, Pa. (AP) - A western Pennsylvania judge has agreed to allow an Allegheny County school district to arm its 13-officer security team.

Gateway School District’s second petition to allow its new police force to carry firearms and issue citations on school property was approved this week in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

The Monroeville district’s first request was denied. While that ruling was being appealed, district officials submitted an amended petition that was ultimately approved.

Revisions included the elimination of language giving security guards arresting power. A Gateway school board member says the district is still “actively appealing” the first ruling.

The 13 guards are all retired police officers already on the district’s payroll. All that remains is for them to be sworn in by a magistrate.

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