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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 takeaway 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.

mbondra January 11, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Banning guns is an attempt to find an easy answer to a very difficult question. The politicians don't want to spend the money on our mental health system. They would rather pass a law that doesn't solve anything but cost less.
Robert Kalechman January 11, 2013 at 04:27 PM
The Constitution of the United State of America Amendment ll A well regulated Militia ,being necessary to the security of a free state ,the right of the people to keep and bear arms,shall not be infringed. , It time to stop the the present State and Federal governments from becoming the new Totalitarian States and stop the dictatorship that they want to impose on the American and the Connecticut people of the United State .If it look like a duck , walks like a duck then it is a duck .It now is time to take these want a bees to the Federal and State Courts .
Joe January 11, 2013 at 04:45 PM
I think some times people can't connect intellectually/emotionally with Totalitarianism and guns. I dont know why but I think that's the case. Gun owners get nervous and rightfully so when it comes to intrusion related to guns. I prefaced with that comment to bring up another issue that might help make that connection for people outside of guns. CNBC reported about a new law being pushed in Illinois that would require that any precious metals that you own as a private citizen be reported to the government or you could face fines or jail. Why do they need to know that? You might be antigun but doesnt that bother you about government far overstepping their bounds, especially when people own precious metals because of concerns about the economy and the dollar, and want the ability to feed their families.
Paul Bahre January 11, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Having to register your valuable metals would be similar to having to register your guns. Of course you think you have rights, you think there is such thing as private ownership of property there isn't. It's all an illusion. They can and do tax crap away from us all the time. What the hell do you think property tax is? It amounts to rent on whatever it is you are paying tax on.
Andrew Ziemba January 11, 2013 at 05:55 PM
because the state is your master is it not? That is what Democrats and Republicans believe anyway.

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