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Newtown Votes To Request Armed Police Officers In Elementary Schools

In the wake of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., the National Rifle Association advocated placing armed guards in all schools — sparking a nationwide “bad guy with a gun”/”good guy with a gun” debate. Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Newtown Board of Education voted to request additional armed SROs (school resource officers).

“Combined with the eight unarmed security personnel slated into the still-unapproved 2013/2014 budget,” the plan “would put two eyes and ears — one armed, one unarmed — at each Newtown school,” according to Bronxville’s Patch.

At this point, the vote is only a request, and today board is meeting “with state and federal officials about obtaining additional funding for security.” According to the Patch report, parents unanimously voted to increase the budget for security.

According to Head O’ Meadow PTA President Laura Tierney, parents at the meeting voted unanimously to advocate for an increased budget that would allow for at least two SROs at their school.

“There was just a lot of support — parents wanting to support and get involved in the budget process. They’re definitely behind what you did,” she told the board. “Thank you.”

Security officers have been stationed at Newtown schools since the shooting, but next year’s budget only funded officers at middle and high schools.

Nationally, recent polling by CNN showed that 54 percent of respondents favored putting armed guards in every school in the country, while 45 percent said they opposed it.

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