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#1 Joker

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:02 PM

So is it a knee jerk reaction or are they in agreement with the NRA line of thinking that more guns in schools = safer schools?

Newtown Calls for Armed School Officers


The Newtown Board of Education wants more armed police officers in the town's four elementary schools after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.


Last night, they decided to ask the town to approve the request to include one additional full-time Newtown police at each of the elementary schools in next year's budget.


Members of the board will meet today with state and federal officials about obtaining additional funding for security.


“Our parents are demanding of us that things are made safe and secure and certain measures are put in place,” Chairwoman Debbie Leidlein said. “So we’re being very thoughtful.”


Several police officers have been stationed at all Newtown schools since the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, where 20 children and six staff members were killed.


Those officers will remain at the school through the remainder of the school year, but the budget for the next fiscal year funds only resource officers at middle and high schools.


Parents said security means more than a police presence. 


“My main concern is with accessibility to these school, said Neil Johnson, a parent of two Newtown students. “On December 14th, that was the main bare-boned reason that occurred.”


“After what happened in our community, I just think we should go over and above and provide a shining example for the rest of the world and protect our kids,” said resident Donna Lorenz.


#2 TEO



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Posted 01 February 2013 - 06:28 PM

Without question, they are reeling from this tragedy and desperately seeking ways to keep their children safe.


However, do they really want to make schools that much more like sending our children to prison?

#3 Joker

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:14 PM

Yeah, I'm guessing it's just a knee jerk reaction. Hopefully they'll realize that and reconsider.

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 08:16 PM


#5 Spidergawd

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:57 PM

Sure worked well at Columbine.

#6 Joker

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 03:38 PM

I doubt any solution is going to be 100% perfect in preventing this type of thing from occurring. Who is to say if new gun laws will be anymore effective than this strategy when it comes to protecting their children?

#7 hoagie

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 03:48 PM

Shouldn't they have the right to have arm-bearing guards in their schools if they wish it?

#8 Spidergawd

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 04:58 PM

Why don't we just check an AR-15 out to each student in the mornings?  As long as they promise to use them responsibly and only shoot "bad people"?  Maybe they they'll be safe.

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 05:47 PM


#10 syd_25

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 06:05 PM

When Aids was the issue they pushed sex ed into the schools...   Maybe it's time to require firearm safety classes in schools.