ENFIELD, Conn. (WGGB) — Several people are voicing their opinions on what that might mean for students. We found out how people feel about the decision. “I just don’t think it’s necessary. I think there are other ways to stopping violence in schools. It needs to start in the community and I don’t think it sends the right message to people,” David Eckhardt said.
Starting in September, nearly 20 armed guards will walk the halls of Enfield’s public schools, in addition to the 3 resource officers already at Enfield’s middle and high schools.
The school board approved the measure with a 5-4 vote Tuesday night. Word about the decision has spread, and folks don’t agree with it. “I think the more they focus on that, the more that kids are going to be afraid something is going to happen,” stated Emily Smith.
“It’s ridiculous to spend the time and the money and the effort to make every child who goes into school feel like they might do something wrong. If they’re going to spend money in school, there are so many other places to put it. Increase and number of teachers, increase quality of teachers,” Mark Levy said.
The town manager says the cost to have the guards for the first year is estimated at more than $610,000 paid for out of the town’s budget, after that it will go down to $550,000 per year.