Juniata College trustees vote to arm campus security force

April 29, 2008 1:07:26 PM PDT
Security personnel at Juniata College will soon be carrying weapons Trustees at the small central Pennsyslvania school voted to arm campus police officers. Juniata President Thomas Kepple says the college joined other schools in looking at security policies following the Virginia Tech shooting a year ago.

The school hasn't decided what kind of weapon that officers will carry. A campus spokesman says officers have to get state certification, and that they likely won't be armed until the fall.

Kepple says arming officers is one of several new security measures recently approved by the school, including new locking systems in residence halls.

Juniata has about 1,400 students and seven full-time officers.