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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.

Ken Hagenow January 14, 2013 at 01:42 AM
CT General Statutes Chapter 504 Section Sec 27 defines our Militia. We still have one, in fact we have four classes and if you are male between 18-45 you ARE Militia. By State Law.
Joel Mrosek January 14, 2013 at 01:48 AM
James, I just realized how quickly you dropped one incorrect assertion of yours in favor of another. You dropped the "hunting" rationale for the "militia" option. I sense you often have to change routes when confronted with facts. It is quite amusing.
Joel Mrosek January 14, 2013 at 12:16 PM
James, larger magazines are illegal in Washington DC. Well, you must be stunned and appalled that David Gregory will not be prosecuted for brandishing one on Face the Nation! Having laws that aren't enforced make it clear we aren't serious and they are feckless. More and stricted laws are for the feeble minded or those who are not willing to address the roots causes and viable, yet hard, solutions.
Jon Crickmore January 15, 2013 at 11:16 PM
I like Joel
James Bond January 16, 2013 at 06:09 PM
23 is my lucky number.

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