Enfield Board of Education Votes to Place Armed Officers at Schools


ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Enfield officials have approved putting armed guards in all 11 public schools starting in the fall in response to the Newtown school shootings.

The Board of Education voted 5-4 Tuesday night in favor of a series of security measures including armed guards.

There’s mixed reaction to the plan. Some parents worry the guards might scare children and others say extra security isn’t needed.

Police Chief Carl Sferrazza says all the guards will be trained and the town is looking to hire retired law enforcement personnel for the jobs.

Enfield appears to be the second Connecticut town to approve armed guards for all schools, after North Branford. School officials nationwide are considering doing the same, following December’s killings of 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

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  • bagpip

    Very bad idea! Now we have war zones instead of school zones. Anyone who sees what a pistol will do up against an AR-15 knows they have NO chance. This will just increase the kill rate as an intruder will take care of the guard, and then go ahead with whatever evil plan they have, knowing they have eliminated any real resistance until Police arrive. What’s the penalty for a drug offense in a war zone nowadays?

    • krex1009

      Did you even think before you wrote that? Now there is no “resistance” period until the police arrive if there is no guard. I would rather have one guy with a handgun than no guys with no guns. The police will still arrive in the same amount of time, but there will at least be someone there to slow down the intruder and lower the kill count. Anyone with a brain can see that the kill rate would NOT go up like you say.

  • alpinequeen

    Pretty soon you won’t be able to turn around without bumping into an armed guard. “Oh, I’m sorry, didn’t mean to bump into you.” Ka-blam!