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CT Gov. Says Possible Passage of Proposal to Arm Teachers & Volunteers Is 'Unacceptable'

CT Gov. Says Possible Passage of Proposal to Arm Teachers & Volunteers Is 'Unacceptable'

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has spoken out publicly against a proposal in one of the state’s towns that would provide trauma kits and firearms to teachers and anonymous volunteers after receiving 26 hours of training.

Kent selectman voted on Wednesday in favor of the town’s Board of Education overseeing information about the FASTER Save Lives program to ultimately reach a decision.

"The nonprofit Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response program would provide trauma kits and firearms training to school personnel in the event of a hostile act or intrusion,” said ABC News.

School personnel is not just limited to teachers and principals- it also includes “anonymous volunteers” who would also have to undergo 26 hours of training in Ohio to qualify.

The fact that volunteers could potentially be allowed to carry guns in the town’s one school is of great concern to Malloy.

"If any board of education would approve this, I'd be shocked, frightened and disappointed,” Malloy said in an interview with the Associated Press.

"It makes no sense. And no school system in the state of Connecticut should be allowed to do this.”

Malloy said school districts have the option to have properly trained security on staff, but that the current proposal of arming teachers or anonymous volunteers puts children at greater risk versus protecting them.

Opinions across social media from Connecticut residents were mixed, as seen on WTNH’s Facebook page.

"Yes !!! I'm sure some teachers already have gun permits, so they can protect their family at home...I want them protecting my children in school,” said one user.

"Metal detectors with armed [guard] would be a better solution. Might as well cross train teachers to police and police to teach(sarcasm),” said another.

One user claiming to be a teacher said: "I'm a public school teacher with a permit. I'd love to receive training similar to a police officer and have the ability to keep my students safe if need be.”

"I think this is absolutely ridiculous. Speaking as a teacher and parent,” said another.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

2/5/2016

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