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Baltimore City school board votes in favor of bill to arm school police officers

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Posted at 9:50 PM, Feb 26, 2019

BALTIMORE, Md. — Baltimore City school board members voted on Tuesday evening to reverse their decision on arming school police officers.

WMAR-2 News Reporter Eddie Kadim was at the scheduled meeting and says board members voted 8-2 in favor of proposed House Bill 1373.

The bill will allow school police officers to carry weapons on school property unlike the current law that states school police officers can carry their service weapons while patrolling outside school buildings before and after school hours.

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This comes after a recent school shooting at Frederick Douglass High school where school staffer Michael Marks was shot twice by the 25-year-old brother of a student.

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Last month the school board voted unanimously against a bill to arm school police officers. After the recent shooting, Delegate Cheryl Glenn reintroduced a different version of the bill last week which the board voted in favor of.