Ore. school guard loses pistol; policy reviewed

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- After a private security guard lost his Glock pistol, the Salem-Keizer school district is re-examining a policy that allows the agents to be armed on school grounds at nights and on weekends.

The company believes the weapon was misplaced in the men's room at its headquarters, but nobody could be sure it wasn't lost as the guard made rounds Thursday night at 14 schools.

So, the school buildings were searched, parents were called, and teachers talked to students about gun safety.

The Salem Statesman Journal reports (http://bit.ly/owube9 ) that Prostar Security provides the agents who patrol schools, respond to alarms and enter buildings to investigate break-ins and vandalism, which occur weekly.

One official points out that changing the policy could mean the guards will face suspects unarmed.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com