NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Some parents in Newtown are urging the local Board of Education to consider stationing police at all town schools as the board puts together its budget proposal for 2013-2014.
Three parents called for school resource officers at all Newtown schools at a school board meeting Tuesday night, saying the town should do all it can to prevent another tragedy like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month. A gunman killed 20 first-graders, six educators and himself after fatally shooting his mother at their Newtown home.
Superintendent of Schools Janet Robinson’s proposed $73 million education budget includes $165,200 for an extra eight security guards. She says safety became officials’ top concern after the shootings.
Newtown has a high school, middle school, intermediate school and four elementary schools.
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