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Parents Unhappy With Decision to Put Armed Guards in Enfield Public Schools.

SCHOOL-POLICE2ENFIELD, 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.

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  • krex1009

    I know i’d prefer my kids to be better protected in school. Armed guards are that kind of protection. At least then there is some front line of defense against a madman like in Connecticut. I support the police 100%, but people need to know that they have limits. Even the best departments take around four minutes to respond. A lot can happen while the police are being called and while they are responding. I get that it costs a lot, but I think security of children should come before money. As the Enfield Superintendent said; ” I have 2 sons in the school system. If something happened, and we did nothing, how would we live with ourselves? It’s not a question I ever wanted to look in the mirror and ask myself”. I agree 100%.

  • alpinequeen

    In the 1950′s and with a population of 151 to 179 million, there were some 20 shootings nationwide. The earliest known United States shooting to happen on school property was the Pontiac’s Rebellion school massacre on July 26, 1764, where four Lenape American Indians entered the schoolhouse near present day Greencastle, Pennsylvania, shot and killed schoolmaster Enoch Brown and killed nine or ten children. Only three children survived. Current U.S, population is 311 million.

  • alpinequeen

    The lamestream media has blown this all out of proportion by emphasizing the tragedy and keeping it on the front burner. Shootings go on all the time and as the economy dips or people get upset over their boss or a spouse, some will just naturally take it out on others. It wasn’t too long ago that a number of shootings in the U.S. Post Office created the term “going postal.”