The school board in Newtown, Conn., voted unanimously Thursday night to request an armed guard for each of the district’s four elementary schools.
The armed “security resource officers,” or SROs, operate in the district’s high school and middle schools. According to the school board, the minutes of whose meeting are available online, there has been wide support for adding the officers to elementary schools since the tragic Sandy Hook shooting almost two months ago.
The only remaining barrier appears to be financial: SROs are police officers, and their salaries come out of the police budget, board members explained. The board of selectman and the board of finance still need to approve the school board’s request before police appear in schools.
At the meeting, after board member Richard Gaines read the motion, another board member asked for clarification: “Does this put an officer in each of our schools?” He said. Then: “Is that enough?”