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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.

Sean M January 10, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Once again people are not understanding the problem or identifying the solutions that will actually stop this stuff. Criminals must wonder whether where they are going will have people equipped to stop them with force. Guessing is a deterrent. Gun free zones are the problem. It is time we face reality. Every major shooting in recent memory was at places where people are not armed. 1. Columbine 2. VA Tech 3. Newtown 4. Fort Hood shooting-military base where non military police are banned from having guns.
Erik Musick January 11, 2013 at 01:02 AM
"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." And this is how children die at the hands of madmen. By the willing ignorance of those who should be demanding protection for our kids, and not playing games with their lives. Homeschooling is looking better and better, folks. At least I know for a fact that if anyone seeks to come to this House and wishes to bring harm, they will be dead at my feet. We can't say the same for our public schools.

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