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.

Spiff January 10, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Interesting take on what teachers in other states think (link below). http://news.yahoo.com/teachers-ohio-texas-flock-free-gun-training-classes-151912964.html
Sensei Mitch January 11, 2013 at 12:03 PM
The only important line in the entire article: "The event was closed to the public" Because you don't need to know nor be involved in the security of your children, that is the governments responsibility, not yours.
JAMES LAGANA January 11, 2013 at 01:08 PM
A retired police officer in every school would be best although if I were a teacher, I would keep a hidden gun on me at all times.
Rob January 11, 2013 at 02:13 PM
If only the teachers at Columbine had their own guns. Then those kids wouldn't have had to bring their own. Arming teachers would only increase the opportunity for more tragedies to occur. They are not trained nor responsible to provide security. They are educators not police officers. Besides whose to say the next to snap wouldn't be a teacher. A stressed out, underpaid, overworked teacher may not be the best person to armed among 30 unruly kids.


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