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A Flagler County mother finds herself the source of a degree of celebrity after paying to have a local sheriff's deputy stationed at her daughter's school.
According to accounts of the episode, Laura Lauria and the police supply company she owns had donated roughly $12 thousand to the Flagler School District to pay the cost of having a deputy on station there.
The money was intended to help the school district pay the expenses of having the deputy posted at the elementary school for five days a week, six hours per day.
It seems, however, she had never meant for word of this to get out.
The move was made out of quiet concern in the aftermath of the Newtown School shootings.
According to a statement from her attorneys, Lauria had never intended that the donation become public knowledge, and "was made only with the intention of giving back to the community."
Lauria's attorneys said that she and her business were supporters of the school district and would "continue to respect any decisions" the school board would make when it comes to the allocation and disposition of security.
The statement declares that Lauria made the donation after learning that the school district was cash-strapped and didn't have the funding for more security at the elementary schools.
The statement also noted that Lauria had worked with school officials and law enforcement seeking to ensure approval of her proposed action.
The statement notes that the mother, still endeavoring to keep the donation out of the public eye and a potential media circus, had worked with the proper school and law enforcement authorities "every step of the way."
At the end of the day, it seems a concerned mother with no interest in notoriety, had sought to give something back to the community.