Six armed guards are patrolling the halls of Lodi's elementary schools.

Hilltop Elementary School in Lodi (Lodi Public Schools)

The town hired them after a gunman killed 20 first-grade students and six women inside a school in Connecticut in December.

Police Capt. John Scimeca tells The Record newspaper the guards are all recently retired police officers. They'll be stationed when students arrive and are dismissed for the day. They'll also escort visitors.

The officers' wages are expected to total about $225,000 annually.

 

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