STREETSBORO: Mayor Glenn Broska wants to place a levy on the ballot to pay for armed security guards at local schools.

“We protect so many things with armed guards from our President all the way down to Parking Garages yet we leave our children in unprotected buildings and we advertise the fact that they are in a ‘gun free zone,’ ” the mayor posted on his Facebook page this week. “This is inexcusable.”

His suggestion comes in the wake of a mass school shooting in Florida and a shooting at Jackson Memorial Middle School in Stark County, where a student died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Streetsboro police also have received reports this week about threats at the district but haven’t found any weapons or danger.

Broska estimated that the levy would have to raise $500,000 to $550,000 a year to hire two full-time guards at each school. The Portage County district has more than 2,100 students.

Broska wrote that he doesn’t “give a rat’s patoot” whether the shootings are the result of guns, mental illness, video games or anything else but “the fact remains we must protect our children.”