Test of armed guards in all schools begins in Marlboro, N.J.

Dive Summary:

  • Students returning to school in Marlboro, N.J., were greeted by armed guards, a controversial safety measure implemented in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn.
  • Parents dropping off their children mostly expressed support, stating that more security could have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy and that the armed guards gave them peace of mind, while students at Marlboro High School felt the armed guards were an overreaction and made the school feel like an "armed camp."
  • Officials in Marlboro voted to staff the town's nine schools with armed police officers on a temporary, 90-day basis just days after the Dec. 14 shooting.

From the article:

A New Jersey town added a fourth R to its curriculum: Revolvers. Students in Marlboro, N.J., returned to classes Wednesday to find armed guards at school buildings — a startling change in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre. Many of the suburban parents dropping off children in SUVs and minivans expressed their support for the controversial security measure. ...

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