SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Santa Fe school board members have turned down the school board's president proposal to hire armed officers for the district's two high schools this year.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports school board President Steven Carrillo proposed bringing on armed officers known as school resource officers to protect students against shooters on campus.

During Tuesday's board meeting, the four other board members voted against holding a special study session to discuss the issue.

Board member Maureen Cashmon cited previous concerns that hiring armed officers only for the high schools is unfair to students at middle and elementary schools.

Board member Kate Noble agreed with Cashmon, adding that she didn't think the community support the idea.

Several board members expressed an interest in counselors for students.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com