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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. 

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.

LiveForFreedom January 11, 2013 at 06:00 PM
I believe that the safest and best solution for both school children and their parents is to have a uniformed police officer or a special security guard at the school. I grew up in the inner city and I remember an officer at our high school named Fred who was there to greet us in the office hallway as we got off the bus each morning. It was reassuring to see a friendly face every day.
Mary Porter-Price January 13, 2013 at 10:26 AM
As a former administrator, I wholeheartedly agree with this recommendation. Educators (teachers and administrators) wear many hats during their day-teacher, nurse, social worker, referee/umpire,etc.-so they don't need to assume another responsibility. Please let them just do a great job at what they do best-teach. Leave the guns to the police, who are better equipped and trained to use guns. Also I agree fully with the Miss America contestant who recently said that you don't stop violence with more violence. We need to de-escalate situations in schools not escalate them with more weapons. Please pray for our teachers, administrators, students and their parents. May our communities and our nation realize before it's too late that our children are our most important and most treasured natural resource! Mary Porter-Price
LedyardRocks January 13, 2013 at 10:38 PM
Ms. Price, having attended the special security meeting the other night it is disturbing to see that the Ledyard school administration is planning on doing absolutly nothing to protect, "our most important and most treasured natural resource". The existing policy of name badges and door buzzers will not prevent a derranged individual from commiting an act of evil on our children. Nor will challenging a person in the schools who does not have a name badge have any effect. These policies only serve to offer a false sense of security to our children. Any adult who thinks that these policies will stop or prevent another tragedy needs to wake up and see the truth of the world that we live in. It is sad that it takes a tragedy, for people to people to realize that something needs to be done, and even more sad that the administrators of the Ledyard school system do nothing. Using your accurate description of our children, it is irresponsible to do anything less than to secure our schools by any means necessary, be that armed guards, bulletproof glass, or any other measure deemed appropriate.
My kids January 13, 2013 at 10:59 PM
I'm reading the above posts and find myself wondering why...... I enjoy the comment you don't stop violence with more violence. I bet you any parent out there would do anything to protect their children. If there was an intruder in my home or in my school I would absolutely do whatever necessary to protect my family. This world is not made up of unicorns and glitter it is made up of a lot of different individuals some of the are very sick individuals. I agree that our teachers wear many hats during the day the biggest of those is keeping our kids safe every day. So I challenge those of you that think this will never happen in our town in our schools what would you do to keep our kids safe? I purpose we have at least one administrator that carries a concealed weapon and is confident in using it. Perhaps trained by our local police department. So therefore in case of an emergency there is someone that can keep our kids safe. Ask yourself this.....what would you do to keep your kids safe? I would do anything!
Peace Maker January 16, 2013 at 01:07 PM
If you want to Continue to be a Victim, then don't put armed personnel into school buildings. Declare a gun free zone and that's where you'll find the next victim(s). Regulating guns and ammo will not deter the next mass murder from happening. At present, CT lawmakers enable criminals to be more effective. CT lawmakers, & it's governor have closed prisons, established early release programs, stopped the death penalty, and at present have no minimum sentence for use of a gun in a crime. If you want to stop this cycle of failure, then act. Act on many levels. But first... Take a class in safe gun handling. Get your conceal carry permit. Take tactical shooting class to refresh your accuracy & ability regularly. Lobby CT lawmakers to take actual & effective actions (not words) to show us that public safety is their top priority. Don't let politicians posture without taking effect action to protect we the people. Challenge each politician that just talk, and don't walk the walk.

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