Poll: Do You Want South Orange - Maplewood Teachers to be Armed?
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has begun a renewed conversation about how to best protect schools.
The school shooting in Newtown, Conn., this month has since triggered a conversation polarizing much of the country: Should teachers be armed in the classroom?
In the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 school children and six adults dead, administrators, teachers, parents and students are struggling with how best to address school safety.
A week after the shooting, National Rifle Association CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called on school districts to arm their teachers -- among other tactics to increase school security.
The effect of the shooting has spread far from Newtown’s borders. Schools across Essex County were on high alert. Many districts reported student incidents, others increased the police presence in their schools, and more reevaluated their safety procedures.
The South Orange - Maplewood School District issued a statement saying it was reviewing its safety and emergency management procedures.
Four days after the shooting, a bomb threat at Montclair High School caused police and administrators to evacuate the students.
On Thursday, NRA President David Keene added that districts should decide how best to protect students and teachers, according to CNN.com.
Taking Keene’s advice, Maplewood Patch asks parents and residents: Do you want South Orange - Maplewood teachers to be armed? Is the answer more armed security guards or police officers -- and consequentially, the increased taxes which inevitably follow?
Or are we totally off the mark?
Vote now in the poll below, and share the opinions and ideas you have been thinking this month.