Connecticut district will remove armed guards at end of school year

Connecticut district will remove armed guards at end of school year

Enfield board votes to end the practice, which was put into place in 2013 after school killings in Newtown, Conn.

The Enfield (Conn.) school board has decided to stop stationing armed guards inside its schools when the academic year ends in June.

The Hartford Courant reports that the board voted 5-3 to end an agreement with the town that would have continued the program for another two years.

The town council had voted 6-5 last month to continue the program. The board had not planned to vote on the guards Tuesday, and few residents were at the meeting when the vote was taken.

The town decided in 2013 to post armed guards in all 12 public schools and three private schools in reaction to the December 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 first-graders and six educators were killed.

Town Manager Matthew Coppler said continuing to have armed guards inside Enfield schools would cost $745,406 for the coming year.

 

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