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. 

Donald Borsch Jr. February 23, 2013 at 09:33 PM
After much deliberation, School Safety Task Force concludes, "Yes. We need to have safe schools." Next on their busy agenda, the legislators will debate if Miller Lite is truly great tasting or less filling. Our tax dollars at work, hard as usual. Thank you.
Jim Eastwood February 24, 2013 at 12:59 PM
What are you fgoing to do about that GLASSED WALLED Burr Street school in Fairfield?????
Sandra February 24, 2013 at 02:26 PM
A Colorado Democrat said if a woman thinks she is being followed and about to be raped she could just use her whistle. University of Colorado suggestions to women who are under attack: (this is no joke) -SCREAM you might frighten the attacker -kick off your shoes and RUN!!! -Passive -resistance response can save your life -tell your attcker you have a disease or are menstruating -vomit or urinate on him -BITE him - teachers to wear around their necks all day. http://hotair.com/archives/2013/02/18/co-democrat-hey-even-if-you-feel-like-youre-gonna-get-raped-you-might-not-so-no-guns-for-you/ I would like to blow an AIR HORN into the ears of these legislatures to scramble some sense into their brains. You think he would run away?
Sandra February 24, 2013 at 02:32 PM
An Atlanta school new policy told teachers to wear panic buttons around their necks all day. What about blasting an AIR HORN at the shooter so he has to cover his ears and might lower his gun giving someone the chance to disarm him? Some of these solutions being proposed are not only silly but MOST IMPORTANTLY will not protect my children.


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