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Armed Guards in Enfield Schools Topic of Community Conversation

The school security subcommittee is hosting a forum Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Enfield High School.

A community conversation regarding the placing of armed guards in Enfield schools will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Enfield High School.

Members of the public are invited to voice their opinions about the controversial topic. However, since the Town Council and Board of Education each approved a memorandum of understanding in the past few days, approving the installation of armed guards at each town public school by the beginning of the next school year and a job description for the new posts, a number of residents are questioning the decision to hold a public forum after the governing bodies have already conducted their votes.

"Make note that this is the second time this board has voted against waiting for community comment before voting," Vinnie Weseliza wrote on the Facebook page "Enfield Needs Positive Change and Results."

On the same board, Shawn Droney wrote, "They don't care what people feel so now it will pass and no one will be at the discussion tomorrow and then they go on record and say the residents don't care."

Some school board members asked to postpone the vote until after the community meeting, but a majority opted to decide Tuesday. That vote passed 5-4, with Jen Rancourt, Tina Leblanc, Joyce Hall and Peter Jonaitis dissenting.

"Why couldn't they wait for the community conversation? Thank you Joyce, Tina, Jennifer and Peter for at least attempting to educate people," Tracy Hackett wrote.

stluva50s March 28, 2013 at 04:04 AM
Tig, You really don't get how ridiculous you sound? Or bigoted? You call the BOE "a bunch of Muslims or Jews" like it is something dirty. I am a Catholic and am ashamed for you. Your heart would be better served if you joined the Westboro Church. You are not a role model for your child when you make comments like these.
gone fishing March 28, 2013 at 11:24 AM
TIg maybe your tuition you pay for your kid to go there should cover a security guard for the school it's your choice to send your kid to a private school and not a public one.
Michelle C March 28, 2013 at 12:47 PM
Nicely said, Rob. One man, even if armed, cannot protect an entire school against the vicious acts of an insame individual. Guns do not belong in the presence of children. The entire school system and community need to implement multiple safety precautions by working together and having a guard with a guns isnt the answer. This is not the type of enviornemnt I want to subject my son to everyday. There has got to be a better solution.
John Whalen March 28, 2013 at 02:03 PM
KP 1) Any sort of tactical response team would always have a chain of command; use your head 2) Lastly; thanks for making up your minds on this before the town was able to voice their opinion. This was sarcasm, but you must have missed that when you responded too quickly. 3) I have no problem paying for private security if needed; what would have been nice is not having a decision made for me without even being able to voice my opinion first. 4) your last comment is just babble; but based on how many posts you create, says enough. There will be no further comments to you on this!
godblesstheUSA March 28, 2013 at 02:46 PM
AGREED! I think it will send the wrong message and a false sense of security.

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