- Proposals to place armed guards in schools following the Newtown massacre may have gained steam and initial public support, but only two Connecticut school districts are actually implementing armed guards four months later.
- Political opposition and economic reality led to the defeat of armed guard proposals in many districts in Connecticut and across the nation, with only Arizona and South Dakota passing legislation that eases restrictions on guards carrying guns in schools.
- Deeming the addition of security resource officers to elementary schools financially unfeasible, several towns in Connecticut are opting instead for improvements to physical security infrastructure such as reinforced doors, locks and buzzer systems.
From the article:
... And in Newtown, residents last week rejected town and school budgets that would have funded additional school security personnel. The district had a ‘‘very good’’ school security plan when the shooting occurred, according to Patrice McCarthy, deputy director of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. ...