The Cornwall-Lebanon school board voted 8-0 Monday night to arm the school resource officer.
Superintendent Dr. Philip Domencic said the district had been discussing the plan for nearly a year, and emphasized the vote was unrelated to a March 6 threat to Cedar Crest High School made by two ninth grade students.
According to police, the 14-year-olds threatened to "do a school shooting." They were both arrested and charged with multiple counts as juveniles.
Domencic said the district will purchase the weapon and train the officer, who also works part-time as an officer for Millcreek Township and Millersville University.
He could not give an immediate timeline for when the plan will be implemented or how much it will cost.
The resource officer is based out of Cedar Cresh High School, but works at all district schools.