EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The East Brunswick Board of Education voted unanimously to post armed police officers in each of its 11 schools after after a gunman opened fire at a high school in South Florida Wednesday, killing 17.

Officials in the Middlesex County town spent more than two years thinking about putting police in it’s 11 schools. Then, Parkland happened.

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“The board felt it was time,” Superintendent Victor Valeski told WCBS 880’s Ethan Harp.

Valeski pushed for the active-duty officers to join dozens of unarmed, recently retired cops who make up their district-wide security force.

“The board, they knew it was the right decision but it’s not one they took very lightly,” Valeski said. “They struggled a little bit after the fact, realizing that it was something we had to do given the circumstances of the global environment.”

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An East Brunswick student was arrested Friday, not long after the BOE’s vote.

In a news release, the board of education said the online posting was brought to the attention of district staff by a parent and a student at the beginning of the school day Friday.

“It was a terroristic threat that was posted to a social media site,” Valeski said. “It was reported by another student who had seen it.”

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It wasn’t immediately clear when the new security plan would roll out.