Few Schools Hire Armed Guards After Conn. Massacre

Monday, April 29, 2013

As the nation reeled from the Newtown massacre, proposals to place armed guards in schools quickly gained steam and, initially, public support. But more than four months after the shooting, just two Connecticut school districts are pushing forward with the idea while others are calling it unaffordable or imprudent.

Scott Schoonmaker, superintendent of North Branford schools, hired private guards less than three weeks after the December rampage, which killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

‘‘I felt, and others felt, that the ability to have a person there specifically to monitor buildings and grounds and be a point person in charge of school safety was the avenue to pursue,’’ he said.

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