Residents share their thoughts regarding armed security in schools

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Region - posted Tue., Jan. 15, 2013
John Ferree, Hebron. Photos by Melanie Savage.
John Ferree, Hebron. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., has inspired a nationwide debate regarding weapons. School districts across the country are discussing school safety, and struggling with decisions regarding keeping students safe. Among the common suggestions has been the placement of armed security within the schools, whether via security guards or police officers. Some have even suggested allowing teachers to carry weapons to school. The ReminderNews asked local residents this question: “What is your opinion regarding armed security in public schools?” Following are some of their answers:

“I think the worst thing we can do is to add more guns to the equation. And I think nobody could ever do a thorough enough background check on a teacher or a security guard to warrant adding more weapons to the equation.” – Pam Quint, Andover

“I don’t think you need to train teachers for firearms. But if they have firearms, they should be able to bring them to school.” – Ward Steinmiller, Jr., Colchester

“Most definitely teachers should be armed. If they have a permit, they should be able to carry.” – Joe Fetta, Hebron

“I would almost agree with having one armed person in the school. Close down the hallways and doors. There should be an automatic lockdown during an incident, like there is for a fire.” – Richard Stepp, Colchester

“Certainly we have to create a safe environment for our children. I guess the question is, how far do we have to go? Is it going to prevent something like what happened? I’m not so sure. I believe that it starts with the parents.” – Jeremy Goldstein, Lebanon

“I think if people acted like they did after 9/11, telling people to report something unusual, if they ask people to report things that look unusual, or people who appear to pose a risk, I think that would help.” – John Ferree, Hebron

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