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Johnson County moms want armed officers at every school

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

The terror and carnage unleashed in a Connecticut elementary school has shaken many Americans to their core.

The National Rifle Association on Friday called on Congress to find the money to put armed police officers in every school.

And some Johnson County mothers say they want to protect their children by having armed officers at every school.

"I need to feel safe sending my daughters to school," said Lea Kucherovsky, who has a 15-month-old daughter.

She and her family live within the Blue Valley School District. Kucherovsky is part of a group called JOCO Metro Moms.

"I talked to some moms. Some were crying after the Sandy Hook tragedy about having to send their kids to school," she explained. "Our kids need to feel safe."

She created a petition on the White House's website three days after the Dec. 14 mass shooting. She is hoping to get the 25,000 signatures in 30 days to prompt a White House review and official policy statement to be issued on her petition.

Kucherovsky also hopes to get the Kansas Legislature to pass a law requiring armed officers in Kansas public schools.

"If we can get Kansas to be a model for safe schools, the rest of the nation can look to us," she said.

Having an armed police officer at a school won't ensure tragedy won't strike. An armed sheriff's deputy was at Columbine where 13 were killed and 24 were injured by two students in 1999.

Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass is working with the districts in his city to ensure that they are safe.

"I can tell you, we are putting the best minds we have to work on these strategies," Douglass said. "There is no greater resource in our community than our children and we are going to do whatever it takes to protect them."

He said putting an armed police officer in every school would be a heavy burden on taxpayers. He said he would need to hire 69 more officers, which would be about a third more of his current force.

"That would cost the public an additional $4.2 million in the first year," he said.

But Kucherovsky said it's an investment well worth making because the nation's children need protecting.

"Cowards target our schools because unarmed men and women are the only people to defend our children," she said. "We need to let the bad guys know that there's a good guy there that they're up against."

For more on the petition, click here.

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