Newtown votes for additional police presence at elementary schools
Days after the NRA called for armed guards in schools and President Barack Obama issued an executive action providing law enforcement, first responders and school officials with training for active shooter situations, the Newtown Board of Education voted to approve a request to the police department for armed school resources officers in each of the town's elementary schools.
The vote, when coupled with the eight unarmed security personnel in the proposed 2013/2014 budget, would put one armed and one unarmed person at each Newtown school, the Bronxville-EastchesterPatch reported.
Donna Lorenz, one of several parents who spoke to the board during the meeting, said she felt comfortable letting her daughter go to a school guarded by two armed officers, and wouldn't feel comfortable with anything less. She said policemen travel with a partner for a reason.
"The only thing that stopped that guy that day was when the two Newtown police burst into the building," Lorenz said. "You all know that."
The paper also reported that SROs are already a permanent presence at Reed Intermediate School, Newtown Middle School and Newtown High School, but the vote helped push toward a guarantee that they would remain at Newtown's elementary schools.
- Taiwan plane crash survivor crawls out of...
- What happened on the ground the day Flight 17...
- Federal land managers criticized over...
- After government topples crosses in China,...
- Feds cap fines for not buying health...
- Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again
- Disney moves toward $10 hourly starting pay...
- Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall
- Propaganda war continues in Hobby Lobby... 52
- Appeals courts issue contradictory... 49
- Herbert among 6 governors raising... 46
- Gov. Rick Perry sending National Guard... 25
- Hamas calls for end to blockade of Gaza... 25
- Obama fundraises for Dems; demands GOP... 20
- Feds cap fines for not buying health... 20
- Federal land managers criticized over... 18