Blumenthal pushes to secure schools

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- On Thursday, Senator Richard Blumenthal spoke out about details revealed in the search warrants. He says it provide strong evidence for the urgency of common sense gun safety measures.

It was the fourth school the Senator has visited this month and each one has different security needs.

"There are two in effect, two locked doors here."

The Kelly Middle School just went through a major renovation and security was part of the new design.

"It holds data for thirty days."

Senator Richard Blumenthal took a tour to see what the Norwich school does to keep students safe.

"The degree of security, the quality, the kind has all been very diverse in different school districts," Blumenthal said.

Whenever you go into a school these days you expect to have to be buzzed in, but the safety measures go beyond the front door.

"You can see me on the camera."

Kelly has 53 cameras and the front office window is bullet proof. The front doors are designed with smaller panes of glass instead of one big one.

"In the scenario of an intruder if you can just slow them down waiting for law enforcement response," said Lt. Chris Ferace, Norwich Police. "Every little second counts. That's what we certainly learned in Newtown, every second counted."

The Senator's 'Secure our Schools' bill could provide funding for things like locks, lights, alarms, and training.

"Well we're going to see how much money is necessary, but some of the amounts of money needed for security really are pretty minimal," Blumenthal said.

"Certainly our elementary schools would love to have school resource officers," said Abby Dolliver, Superintendent of Schools. "So that would be a goal."

The Senator plans to visit at least two more schools next week and says his legislation could be up for a Senate vote in April.

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