Derby school may soon add National Guard presence

Schools around the country are taking steps to make sure their buildings are safe, and that includes schools here in ...

Posted: Mar 25, 2018 7:30 AM
Updated: Mar 25, 2018 7:30 AM

Schools around the country are taking steps to make sure their buildings are safe, and that includes schools here in CT.

The school superintendent in Derby said they are looking at possibly adding presence from the National Guard at the high school.

Superintendent Matthew Conway says it's an idea right now, but perhaps students could benefit from health and fitness training and career and leadership opportunities, and it would be an extra layer of security.

"We are discussing if there are ways we can expose our kids to these opportunities on a more regular basis while at the same time providing another layer of security in our schools," Conway said.

A few hundred students are enrolled at Derby High School.

Parents are split about a national guard presence during the school day.

"I'm just thinking about when I was a kid we never had to go through that you know what I'm saying so it's just crazy that the kids they have to take these drastic measures," said parent Sharon Singleton.

"They need tight security and stuff around here for the safety of the kids and everything I think it's a great idea," said Regina Crews, who is a grandparent.

The major general writes in a letter to the district "Armed military personnel in schools is not an option, but if the superintendent still wants a national guard presence, without weapons, he can submit a formal request."

"Having the military presence and vehicles around doesn't seem like the best thing for kids. Kids should be playing ball and studying and having school spirit and not worrying about the safety," said Tom Minar, of Oxford.

This is still very early in the idea process so no timeline has been set, and the National Guard says resources have also not been allocated at this time.

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