School resource officers will no longer be allowed to carry a firearm in Monroe County (IN) Community Schools.

The school board voted to change the policy and disarm their SROs at a meeting Tuesday night.

MCCS will still employ school resource officers, but the new policy eliminates their permission to carry weapons on school property, CBS4 reports.

Making students feel welcome when they walk into school is a key reason some board members gave for voting to disarm their school resource officers.

Before the vote, the board did read one letter from a nurse with the district criticizing the policy change.

“I feel it’s absurd you have decided to take such drastic actions without consulting with those officers,” read the letter.