Those officers are armed, but Capt. Sean Crosier, who is in charge of the program, said there's a difference between an armed educator and a police officer with a firearm.
"During a violent episode, especially involving firearms, I do believe that only armed and trained personnel should intervene," he said.
That doesn't necessarily mean that an educator or security guard couldn't be well equipped to handle such a conflict -- it depends on their training. But he is sure that deputies are trained to deal with a violent situation in a school.
"I will say that over and above any plan, police officers with lawful authority and necessary and proper training are certainly going to be the best way to go," he said.
Bev Jarrett, director of safety for Kanawha County Schools, said that in all the controversy after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, county officials just doubled down on initiatives already in place.
The police presence in Kanawha County schools is helpful, she said, though it's more about having a police presence than about standing guard at each school.
"They're not just in and out," Jarrett said. "It's about allowing them to get to know students and have their presence known."
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.