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Connecticut School Leaders: Don't Arm Educators in Wake of Newtown

School officials from across the state met in a symposium this week to discuss school safety issues arising from the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. One take away from the meeting was that they don't want guns in schools.

 

Amid increasing calls to arm educators in the wake of the Newtown shootings, school leaders who met earlier this week in Southington agreed that guns have no place in Connecticut's schools.


The gathering of the Connecticut School Security Symposium on Monday in Southington drew more than 800 educators. The event was closed to the public but a group of schools officials talked to reporters on Tuesday during a press conference in West Hartford, according to the website CT News Junkie.

Joseph Cirasuolo, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, told the website that officials discussed a wide range of issues related to school security during the symposium, including how schools should safegaurd against tragedies like the Newtown shootings. Some of the issues covered, Cirasuolo said, included installing bulletproof glass in schools and improving buzzer entry systems.

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He said there was no single or easy solution to the matter of school security, though the education officials dismissed the idea of arming teachers or other school officials, the website reports.

“One of the things that was recommended against very strongly was arming teachers and principals, because when it comes down to it you can make sure somebody knows how to use a firearm — shoot it — but you need to make sure the person that has the firearm knows how to use it in a school setting,” Cirasuolo told CT News Junkie.

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Harry January 12, 2013 at 04:31 PM
Sandy Hook, gun free zone, no one on site armed, look what happened. And this is still how it's going to be? What a joke CT is, we waste 100s of millions each yr on Hollywood garbage and tax credits to corporations that will keep a handful of employees here, but when it come to the security of our kids, we can spend more than 30 million and we certainly can't have train professionals on site protecting our children. Liberals are just really ignorant to reality or just plain evil or both....
cjd11 January 14, 2013 at 11:09 PM
"Sandy Hook, gun free zone, no one on site armed, look what happened." You do know that Columbine had an armed guard, right? How did that work out? Arming teachers is a terrible idea. They already have to pay attention to classrooms of 20-30 kids, now they have to track a gun at all times too? The teachers at Sandy Hook acted appropriately, they took care of their kids, locked their doors, and got as many to safety as possible. Introducing firearms into classrooms will only result in more accidents. Who's responsible for the liability when a child is shot by mistake? While they are tragic, school shootings are rare (about 250 people have died in them since Columbine in 1999), meanwhile gun accidents are common (about 600 people die in them each year). Not to mention that these are teachers, not soldiers who are trained to operate a firearm while under fire. Would we send teachers to bootcamp? Have fitness requirements and mandatory target practice? Force them to carry a weapon or get a pistol permit as part of the job? Who pays for all of this when educational funds are already getting cut? This would be a terrible over-reaction that would introduce *more* risk into schools, not make kids more safe. Sandy Hook was a tragedy, but people are still more likely die being struck by lightning or drowning in a pool than they are in a school shooting.
Harry January 15, 2013 at 01:35 AM
All valid points, I didn't say arm teachers, but have trained professionals at all access points. 1st of all, guns aren't going away, bad people aren't going away, Every single "gun control" suggestion being made right now would not prevent Sandy Hook from happening.

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