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.

Trumbull's schools have posted police officers but parents and officials all opposed armed private guards. 

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.

louis January 11, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Gun control is never rational, the subject isn't either. The law was designed to give us pause. If we need guns in which to enjoy liberty, then we are neither civilised nor free, and lack of dissent is equally and deadly as an AK47....but that being said, since I have yet to see anyone make the post, thanks, man for getting me off....the patch
louis January 11, 2013 at 07:58 PM
I prefer archery, myself, and John near on hit the bullseye
Archie Bunker January 12, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Yep, give them clipboards to hold in front of them as they rush the gunman. Don't think it worked last time.


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