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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.

Stuart Brainerd January 10, 2013 at 05:14 PM
I agree
CitizenVoice January 10, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I also agree. Guns definitely don't have a place in our schools. Its one thing to own and know how to shoot a gun, but quite another to have the reflexes and instinct to instantly and accurately react under a surprise & stressful scenario as was Sandy Hook.
thomas January 10, 2013 at 05:33 PM
today s schools are like jail anyway, you need screws [ jail guards] and wardens.
Stuart Brainerd January 10, 2013 at 05:45 PM
The teachers have a job, it is teaching our kids. The only way I would even consider having an armed presence in our schools would be if it were a trained plainclothes officer whose only responsibility is the security of the building and it's occupants. I don't see a need for that and I have kids in the system right now.
Peter T. Cianelli January 10, 2013 at 06:23 PM
The laws preventing armed citizens from entering schools does nothing but ensure there is no one present to stop the mass murderer. We already have such laws and it did nothing to stop any of the previous attacks. Do you think a man intent on killing at a school thinks, "gee, I can't take my guns there because it's illegal"? If you do, you're crazier than they are. All permit carrying citizens should be allowed to carry in schools "GUN FREE ZONES NEVER WORK"
Kiva Sutton January 10, 2013 at 06:35 PM
When confronted with a violent assault, a helpless school is not a safer school.
The Prince O Pals January 10, 2013 at 10:42 PM
There are many young and able bodied teachers in the school system. You offer ask these teachers who are interested in being armed to go through an extensive selection process. The ones who make through go through the next phase which would incude all of the same processes the town put thier police officers through before they are hired Who ever is finally selected will train on a regular basis with thier local police depts firearms unit. Give them an extra stipend in thier paycheck for taking on such important task.
Lou January 11, 2013 at 03:14 PM
GET RID OF GUN FREE ZONES PERIOD!!!!!
Bill Fasula January 11, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Give our children the same protection that Obama gets, an armed guard.
donald n. mei January 16, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Teachers need to teach but I would favor an experienced police officer on duty in every school.

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