It's a sign of the times, I suppose. A concerned mother in Florida is putting her money where her mouth is to keep an armed security guard at her daughter's elementary school for the rest of the school year.

Laura Lauria has already paid two month's salary to an armed security guard and has entered into a verbal agreement to foot the bill for the remainder of the school year as well. He doesn't come cheap. The cost to Laura is $32 an hour. Her daughter's school, Old Kings Elementary School shares four deputies with other schools in the county, but the concerned mother wants to make sure that the school has a security guard dedicated to Old Kings Elementary only. The school's staff is "really thankful".


To Whom It May Concern:

In the wake of the tragic Connecticut shooting, Laura Lauria, President of Police Services, Inc., reached out to Flagler County School Board representatives in order to determine whether security could be increased at the elementary schools across the district. Although Flagler County currently provides deputies at middle schools and high schools, no such service presently exists at the elementary school level due to a lack of funding.

When it became apparent that funding was the primary obstacle in achieving greater security, Mrs. Lauria made the decision to donate the funds that were necessary to provide a trained, off-duty Sheriff's deputy at Old Kings Elementary. Mrs. Lauria sought the approval of several high-ranking school officials before making this donation and worked in conjunction with the proper school and law enforcement authorities every step of the way.

Police Services, Inc. is a private manufacturer of safety minded products and has no financial ties to Flagler County schools.

Police Services, Inc. does not buy, sell, or manufacture weapons, nor does it provide security services. The donation was never intended to become public knowledge and was only made with the intention of giving back to the community.

Laura Lauria and Police Services, Inc. are both ardent supporters of the Flagler County school system and will continue to respect any decisions made by the School Board regarding the implementation of additional security.

Liz Binkley


How far would you go to keep your child safe at school? Do you think Laura Laurie is over stepping in paying for an armed guard for her daughter's school? If you could afford the cost, would you do what it takes to keep an armed guard at your child's school?