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Lawmaker Wants Panic Buttons in Public Schools

Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013  |  Updated 2:20 PM EDT
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State Rep. Christie Carpino is proposing panic buttons for all public elementary and secondary schools in the state.

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A local lawmaker has filed legislation for all public elementary and middle schools to have panic systems in schools.

State Rep. Christie Carpino, a Republican who represents Cromwell and Portland, has filed legislation that would require every public elementary and secondary school in Connecticut to install a panic system to protect against threats in the school.

"If the Newtown tragedy has taught us anything, it is that we need to protect our precious children," Carpino said in a statement on Tuesday. "We need to talk action."

On Dec. 14, 20 first graders and six staff members were killed in a school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Carpino is member of the Education Committee and the bill, which calls for panic buttons in all schools, has been referred to the Education Committee.

Her office said she has received requests from parents and educators advocating for this legislation.
"Right now, across the state, there are many schools where kids and their teachers are sitting in fear. We need to be pro-active and make schools safe for our children," said Carpino.

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