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  • What do you think?
    (Note: This is an unscientific poll.)

    Should schools arm teachers and administrators?

    • Yes. There's been a rash of school shootings since Newtown, at K-12 schools as well as universities. Texas is training school employees to carry guns. Arkansas allows teachers to carry guns. Other states are considering the same. Schools should be armed from the inside so they can respond quickly.
    • No. Arming school personnel is dangerous. Experts say it's better and safer to improve emergency procedures and call in law enforcement officials if needed. (Unless, of course, police are already patrolling the schools, as many are in Connecticut schools.)
  • Topics
  • Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting
  • National Rifle Association of America

There is renewed conversation about whether schools should arm teachers and administrators or let them carry concealed weapons. A school shooting in New Mexico last week  in which two students were injured was the 30th since the Newtown massacre on Dec. 14, 2012 -- and then came more shootings, at Widener University in Pennsylvania and at Purdue, among other schools. Quinnipiac has announced it will use armed security. Are schools protected enough? Are armed school employees the answer? What’s your view?
 

NEWS AND VIEWS

Time To Put Armed Marshals In Schools
Courant op-ed, Jan. 21

How Schools Are Working to Prevent School Shootings
U.S. News & World Report, Jan. 15

Give NRA Credit For Armed School Guards Idea
Letter, Hartford Courant, Jan. 22

Shooting at Indiana's Purdue University leaves one dead
The Globe and Mail, Jan. 21

Bill would allow Nebraska teachers to carry handguns in schools
Omaha.com, Jan. 15