NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Officials in New Hanover County put school resource officers in every elementary school after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, but just days before the new school year starts, there are different answers about the amount of officers.
The New Hanover County School System is waiting on results from a state grant application, according to School Board Chairman Don Hayes. He said regardless of the state money, the school system will have additional officers in place when students return to classes.
Sheriff Ed McMahon said he has been told that there is zero money in the budget for extra SROs as of Wednesday. If and when a decision is made, McMahon said it won't be an immediate change because he has to shift officers into the positions.