Baltimore's state house delegates voted against supporting legislation to arm the city's school police officers.
Baltimore, MD – Just days after Baltimore lawmakers voted to allow Johns Hopkins University to form its own armed police department, they voted to kill legislation that would arm Baltimore City school police officers inside the schools.
The city’s state house delegation voted 10 to 5 on Saturday against a bill proposed by Baltimore-area Delegate Cheryl Glenn that would allow school police officers to carry weapons inside the school, The Baltimore Sun reported.
“It shows the priorities of some people who are sent down to Annapolis,” said Baltimore School Police Sergeant Clyde Boatwright, the president of the school police officers’ union. “They voted against the public school students but voted to support a private institution.”
The same elected officials voted 9 to 4 on March 12 to support an armed police force for Johns Hopkins University, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Sgt. Boatright pointed out that the school board, school police officials, and the school police union all supported Glenn’s legislation.
“Disappointment is an understatement,” he said. “The students and staff of city schools deserve better. It’s clear to me that some people that have decision-making power in Annapolis are out of touch with the reality of Baltimore.”