A New Jersey lawmaker wants to give preference to hiring military veterans for school security positions, according to NewsWorks.
Sen. Jim Beach’s proposed legislation would create a three-year pilot program in 12 school districts to recruit veterans for schools’ safety and security needs. The senator (D-Camden) says that the preference would be similar to those state police forces or fire departments have for veterans.
Data on school violence, vandalism and bullying would be considered in determining the districts selected for the pilot program, and each district would determine whether the security officers are armed.
According to the article, a screening process would be in place to detect applicants who might be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder or other potential problems.