Mass. college debates whether to arm campus police

An increase in violent attacks spurred the debate

By Jennifer Huberdeau
The Berkshire Eagle

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Arming campus police officers at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts won't happen before students arrive in September, but the discussion leading up to any decision will continue over the next several months.

Public Safety Director Joseph Charon, who initiated conversations at the college, told a sparse crowd of about 11 community members Wednesday night that he's been charged by the college's Board of Trustees to research and develop an implementation and cost-analysis plan to present to them in September.

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