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School Safety Task Force Endorses Increased Security

The state's commissioned gun violence group made its recommendations earlier this week.

 

A state-commissioned task force on gun violence released its recommendations earlier this week regarding how Connecticut could increase school safety, CBSNewYork reports.

While the panel backed specific security measures—like bulletproof glass and panic button systems covered by state grants—it did not recommend specific student-to-mental health professional ratios, according to CBS. 

State Senator Toni Boucher, who co-chaired the task force, said the group was very productive because when there was something a majority of the members didn't support—such as 80 percent being against arming school staff—it was taken off the table.

"I feel good about the fact that we were deliberate," Boucher told Patch Friday.

Boucher said the state shouldn't require communities to have a set number of security officers or health care professionals at their schools. 

"We have a lot of different kinds of communities," Boucher told Patch Friday. "Cities like Bridgeport and Hartford, and small little towns like Coventry and Killingworth. Their needs are vastly different. Their needs for special workers and counselors are different as well."

The task force, Boucher said, decided it would be wise to require all schools to have a security and safety plan involving law enforcement agencies, at bare minimum.

Boucher said the task force—along with the recommendations of the gun control and mental health task forces—will present their reports in Hartford.

Boucher (R-26) represents Bethel, Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield and Westport. 

Concerned Parent February 27, 2013 at 05:32 PM
It's not the classroom doors that need to be changed, but the entrance doors and the creation of a vestibule area with metal detectors. The current vulnerability in every school in Milford is an individual's ability to enter each and every one of them with a weapon undetected.
RONALD M GOLDWYN February 27, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Ed@ My suggestions are for elementary schools only. In secondary schools there may be problems with students in addition to outsiders, so that you may be correct in resorting to metal detectors. Our police head-quarters has one door to get into the foyer and another to enter the interior hallway. I'm told that our high schools do have metal detectors for the student entry prior to the beginning of school, but I don't know if this is true for anyone entering during the day or evening when school is not in session. Finally one of my personal guns (a Glock) is mainly plastic so that with no bullets in the gun it may get passed a metal detector or if only one bullet at a time is able to get passed due to the detectors settings.In any case I like the fact that every visitor must be admitted and not just be able to enter without knowledge of the administration. 70 years ago, when I was in school we didn't have this problem as the guns in question were not available. No-one feared someone entering with a Tommygun. In fact we didn't lock our doors at home if someone was home.
John Pasnau February 27, 2013 at 07:58 PM
Nothing needs changing or updating. The problem is statistically so small that it doesn't even exist. Deer ticks in the lawn are a far bigger problem. Trip and falls from cracks in the side walk. Almost anything you can name is a statistically larger problem than armed gunmen entering a school. Over reacting seems to be the favorite past time here in the 21st century. Bankrupt states located in a bankrupt nation should not be spending even one cent on "Problems" that don't effect even a measurable fraction of one percent of the population. PS-There are no "Tommy Guns" anymore. They fire arms in question are semi automatic's. I have a beautiful Browning .22 semi automatic that was first produced in 1907, mine is newer, but semi automatic guns were around and in the general populations hand when you Ron were in school.
Concerned Parent February 27, 2013 at 09:51 PM
John, that's a hard statistic for people to swallow. I don't think I need to spell out why.
John Pasnau February 27, 2013 at 11:57 PM
Yes Ed it is. But it is the JOB of elected leadership to use public funds wisely, not to bow to knee jerk reactions to extremely rare occurrences. Even if they are tragic. Sometimes NOTHING can be done. Sometimes nothing SHOULD be done. This is one of those Sometimes.

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