Rocky Hill Considers Armed Guards in Schools

By Ari Mason and Amy Parmenter
|  Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014  |  Updated 9:56 PM EDT
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The guards were recommended by a security consulting firm hired to assess school safety concerns after the shooting at Sandy Hook.

Nader Abu-Rabei

The guards were recommended by a security consulting firm hired to assess school safety concerns after the shooting at Sandy Hook.

Schools across Connecticut – and across the country – have considered security upgrades since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary last December, and in Rocky Hill, armed guards could be on the way.

It’s one of several measures recommended by a consulting firm the Board of Education hired to address school security. According to the district superintendent, the school system is also considering an upgrade to electronic surveillance and may implement a keyless entry system to protect against intruders and unwelcome guests.

Michael Chiapetta, whose daughter attends Rocky Hill High School, says he worries about her safety every day and would be reassured by the presence of armed guards.

“You never know what could happen, especially nowadays,” Chiapetta said. “I think the best thing you can do is try to prepare.”

Some students, however, don’t seem to be sold on the idea attending class among of armed guards.

“I think it’s out of place in the school system,” said one high school student.

Nevertheless, it could soon become a reality.

Rocky Hill has been approved for a state grant that would cover at least a portion of the security upgrade expenses.

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