Staten Island votes for armed guards in schools

Dive Summary:

  • Staten Island’s Community Education Council voted Monday night in favor of a controversial proposal that would place between 300 and 500 retired police officers in local schools, joining communities like Marlboro, N.J., that have voted for similar measures in the wake of the Newtown shooting.
  • The vote approving the Staten Island measure is purely symbolic, as Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott vows to block the measure and uphold Mayor Bloomberg’s longstanding favor of gun control over armed guards.
  • Most parents at the meeting backed the proposal, though it provoked a few angry outbursts and had some parents worried about the potential for guards’ guns to fall into the wrong hands.

From the article:

Staten Island residents voted Monday night for armed guards in schools, but the city’s top education official said he’ll shoot down the initiative. “It’s not happening. Plain and simple,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. “I can’t be any clearer than that,” he added, echoing Mayor Bloomberg’s longstanding position in favor of gun control, not gun-toting guards. ...


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