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.