Connecticut School Leaders: Don't Arm Educators in Wake of Newtown

Superintendent Deborah Low updated the Ridgefield community Wednesday on efforts to step up school security—and earlier this week, school officials from across the state gathered to discuss school safety issues arising from the Sandy Hook shooting.

Amid increasing calls to arm educators in the wake of the Newtown shootings, school leaders who met earlier this week in Southington agreed that guns have no place in Connecticut's schools.

The gathering of the Connecticut School Security Symposium on Monday in Southington drew more than 800 educators. The event was closed to the public, but a group of schools officials talked to reporters on Tuesday during a press conference in West Hartford, according to the website CT News Junkie.

Joseph Cirasuolo, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, told the website that officials discussed a wide range of issues related to school security during the symposium, including how schools should safegaurd against tragedies like the Newtown shootings. Some of the issues covered, Cirasuolo said, included installing bulletproof glass in schools and improving buzzer entry systems. 

In Ridgefield, security has been stepped up at local schools in several ways.

Unarmed security guards were hired and stationed at school entrances; they follow a check-in protocol that has been reviewed by the Ridgefield Police Department, according to an update provided by Superintendent Deborah Low's office.

"The procedure includes using one entrance, requiring visitors to present photo identification, and recording visitor purpose, check-in and exit times. The work stations for the guards are in the process of being set up with computer, phone, and door buzzer," reads the update, also posted on the district's website. 

One evening security guard is slated to be at Ridgefield High School.

In addition, school officials are preparing proposals for the school board around other security measures, including additional school resource officers and increased surveillance cameras. Read the full list of plans here.

Cirasuolo said there was no single or easy solution to the matter of school security, though the education officials dismissed the idea of arming teachers or other school officials, the website reports.

“One of the things that was recommended against very strongly was arming teachers and principals, because when it comes down to it you can make sure somebody knows how to use a firearm — shoot it — but you need to make sure the person that has the firearm knows how to use it in a school setting,” Cirasuolo told CT News Junkie.

paul d. January 10, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Seems to me we should expect gun owners to pony up the additional funds these steps are going to require. Tax the ammo. Tax the gun registration - annually. As the bumper sticker often goes, Freedom isn't free. Want to own a gun and ammo - you are in a pool of people making our country more dangerous. YOU pay the cost.
Leoj January 10, 2013 at 11:41 PM
" Want to own a gun and ammo - you are in a pool of people making our country more dangerous." What an interesting view of reality .... Gun owners might be a pool of people making our country more safe. Criminals probably are the pool of people making our country more dangerous ...
paul d. January 11, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Ok Cosmo... call me all the names you like. Communist president? What country do you live in? Where do you get your facts? Obama has been more pro gun than GWB. Pathetic.
paul d. January 11, 2013 at 12:32 AM
In what way do gun owners make me safer? The police don't think so. Seen tonight's news? Yeah, safer.
COSMO P January 11, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Ridgefield has guards with no guns. Wow what a plan. And the moron school people do not want teachers armed. What a plan so when does the clown car come out. Lets see guards with no guns and what would he do as a olive branch armed enforcer?
COSMO P January 11, 2013 at 12:49 AM
In what way do gun owners make me safer? The police don't think so. Seen tonight's news? Yeah, safer. LMFAO Cops have guns Einstein! They could care less about you. They are packing a 40 Glock. And also their families. Got it Einstein. Of course they want us helpless. Without guns. What the hell else would they do with 50 miles of crime scene tape.
COSMO P January 11, 2013 at 01:02 AM
Got it paul d now it is ok to have guns and ammo as long as we pay taxes on it. At least you were on the money with this statement. You see these liberals like you only care about one thing. How to get money out of us, So the 50 posts you spouted off about since this shooting is MOOT. As long as we gun owners fork over our hard earned money. You are truly as dangerous as it comes and beyond belief. lets see you can have all the ammo you want as long as you pay the piper. Great the Libs should erect a statue of you as you are a true hyprocrat liberal.
COSMO P January 11, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Gun sales are up 60% since the Liberal lefty president has been elected. I know he is your hero. Have you checked you health insurance payments or your pay check lately. A little lean is it. O i forgot libs live off the government that means me.
COSMO P January 11, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Care to ask Eric Holder about gun control. Oh Yes he sold 3000 AK 47 rifles to the Mexican cartel. Full auto ones. Wow then the plan was to say they came from border state gun stores to slam in new gun laws. But this tragedy was just the ticket for the GUN GRABBERS. Never let a tragedy go to waste i think the statement was?
S January 11, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Paul...maybe we should tax just the Illegal gun owners (aka criminal)...wait maybe even double the tax they are doing the most harm and killing people on a daily basis. Listen to the MSM media see where that will get you LOL
COSMO P January 11, 2013 at 01:29 AM
S they don't want to hear the truth. All they want is to trash our rights with their BS agenda. They have the perfect Communist in the Oval Office now and the sky is the limit.
COSMO P January 11, 2013 at 01:32 AM
S i also forgot to include the flaming liberals they elected in this state, You know the type they want your guns but they run deficits in the BILLIONS. Got it paul d you want the same morons making gun laws that cant balance a budget.. Boy what a clueless individual you are.
Leoj January 11, 2013 at 01:58 AM
Safer with a gun .... Police: Fla. clerk's gun beats thief's cattle prod TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a Florida Panhandle man has been arrested after he tried to rob a convenience store with a cattle prod but was thwarted by a clerk with a gun.
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Lynn C January 11, 2013 at 01:17 PM
wow.....tax gun owners on their ammo and guns???? yes that is the Liberal agenda tax..spend..tax..spend some more...@Cosmo it is refreshing to hear someone else agreeing that we have a commie in the wh...and his agenda has been planned long before he ever became president.....and very sad that no one has the guts to stand up to him..although we know his backers have deep pockets protecting him..and also..good move to announce the schools have guards but they will be unarmed...just hand over the playbook..@Paul...2nd Amendment ring a bell??? And if you do your research..the guns used in the shooting in Newtown were not even purchased in CT...and regarding your comment that O is more pro-gun than GWB..can you provide facts on that..unless you are speaking about Holder's nice little package deal....I also think it is funny and sad that some of the American people were scammed into thinking that only the wealthy were going to be taxed......everyone will feel the effects of these tax increases...but that is a different issue from this post
paul d. January 11, 2013 at 02:54 PM
No.... republicans and the NRA are saying we need to have armed guards at every school in the country. We have approximately 99,000 schools in this country. Who is going to pay for these armed guards? Taxpayers. Now, which taxpayers? My vote is the the ones who want to own the guns. Pretty simple. Who do you think should pay for these armed guards? Or do you think nothing at all should be done and let the body count keep rising?
Lynn C January 11, 2013 at 03:31 PM
There are many different opinions on what should be done...however stricter gun laws will not keep the firearms from the people who choose not to obey the laws anyway. One suggestion that I have heard many times is the idea of a veteran standing guard at the schools..they are obviously extremely skilled in the use of a firearm...most of these brave men and women come back and it is very difficult for them to find a job and I also think it will also teach our children to have the utmost respect for the our troops and how they protect our freedoms everyday. After 9/11 , pilots were given the right to have a firearm in the cockpit....If any staff members of a school do not feel comfortable doing that...there are other options....The government wastes a heck of a lot of our money on lesser important things than the safety of our children...I think they may be able to afford this one. I for one would like to see my taxes go to something else beside free O phones
Ms R. January 11, 2013 at 07:22 PM
The only thing keeping private citizens safe is their FREEDOM and RIGHT to defend themselves. Having to register a gun and taxes on firearms and ammunition are violations of the second amendment. How would you like to need a permit in order to speak freely and exercise your first amendment right?
Ms R. January 11, 2013 at 07:23 PM
Well said. More laws ONLY restrict law abiding citizens. Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the nation and their gun crime rate is horrifying.
COSMO P January 11, 2013 at 11:11 PM
From what i understand Ridgefield has a COP in the high school and has been there for many many years. By the way mister paul a trained and willing teacher can do the job just fine. Do you think i as a certified instructor never train teachers. You would not want to bet on that one. Several teachers in the shooting sports would do it and they have said so.
Lynn C January 12, 2013 at 02:39 AM
@Paul..I'm waiting for the research to show me that O has been more pro-gun than GWB
snugharbor1 January 21, 2013 at 06:26 PM
AWESOME Idea! And one that I already wrote about to Obama, Malloy and my other state reps and senators. TAX the ammo, track the ammo, register ALL weapons - then you'll know who the nut cases are....
Lynn C January 21, 2013 at 09:39 PM
@snugharbor1 ammo is already taxed extremely heavily.....the tax money currently goes to conservation across the US.....and snugharbor1 are you referring to all law abiding citizens who believe in the 2nd amendment as "nut"cases.....


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