A second Connecticut town has decided to place armed guards in all of its public schools in an effort to curb violence in light of the Sandy Hook shootings.
The Board of Education in Enfield voted 5-4 Tuesday night in favor of employing armed guards at all 11 public schools in town. It is the second town to approve such measures, after North Branford's school board adopted a similar plan in January, Education Week reports.
Police Chief Carl Sferrazza said all the guards will be trained and the town is looking to hire retired law enforcement personnel for the jobs, ABC 40 reports. It will cost about $650,000 in the first year and $500,000 in following years to station the guards at the schools, the Journal Inquirer reports.
"We want to throw as many hurdles as we can before an armed gunman can get into a building," Chief Sferrazza said Wednesday.
Enfield High School sophomore Nick Ide helped organize a protest against the arming of security guards on campus.
"No matter how much security you have, things can always go wrong," he told the Journal Inquirer, adding that the armed security guards "will not create a good atmosphere."
The committee's other recommendations include adding buzzer systems and cameras to all schools; updating radio systems; and evaluating all exterior and interior doors, windows and locks.
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