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Parents Call For More Police At Newtown Schools

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The Newtown Board of Education. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

The Newtown Board of Education. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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The Newtown board of education held its first meeting since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

The meeting began with a moment of silence.

Several parents called for an increased, long-term police presence at the town’s schools.

School Superintendent Janet Robinson says she has been talking with the town police chief about security.

“Our students have not been going out to recess at all the schools, because there is this anxiety that people have,” Robinson said. “We need a police presence so the kids feel safe, and the parents feel safe, so they go out to the field and play outside.”

Two police officers are at each Newtown school. Some of them are from other towns.

It has not yet been determined how long that arrangement will continue.

During the meeting, people tended to refer to the school attack only in general terms as the recent events.

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