Sunday, February 03, 2013

Newtown Votes To Request Armed Police Officers In Elementary Schools

In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the National Rifle Association advocated placing armed guards in all schools — sparking a nationwide “bad guy with a gun”/”good guy with a gun” debate. Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Newtown Board of Education voted to request additional armed SROs (school resource officers). “Combined with the eight unarmed security personnel slated into the still-unapproved 2013/2014 budget,” the plan “would put two eyes and ears — one armed, one unarmed — at each Newtown school,” according to Bronxville’s Patch.  At this point, the vote is only a request, and today board is meeting “with state and federal officials about obtaining additional funding for security.” According to the Patch report, parents unanimously voted to increase the budget for security...more


Anonymous said...

The board is meeting with state and federal officials about obtaining additional funding for security....hmmmmm? I thought we had a debt crisis in this country and we need to cut spending. Which is it?

Frank DuBois said...

The meeting with gov't officials, especially the feds, bothered me too.

But this is not a "which is it" situation. The feds have the debt crisis, not the states, so state funding is an option. An even better option would be for the school district to change their priorities and fund security themselves.

A private school could handle this quickly.