Malloy, educators discuss security in schools

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, school security remains an ongoing concern for many communities. Educators in Hartford are coming together, looking for the best ways to keep students safe in the classroom.

"December 14th taught us a lot about who we are, what we are and how we respond to the most difficult human circumstances," said Governor Dannel Malloy.

And that's what brought a room full of people to the Hartford Convention Center, responding to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14th. There have already been state panels and task forces recommending changes.

"Different types of glass, different types of entrances, are all going to be part of what we do over the next few years," Gov. Malloy said.

Some new school security technology was on display as part of a daylong conference of the Capitol Region Education Council. It's called "School safety: It's everybody business" and there were plenty of businesses there. However, for big cities school security is not a new concern.

"In the city of Hartford we are now facing the dual challenge of not only keeping our children safe in the urban setting, but also trying to protect our children against other threats," said Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra.

However, the First Selectwoman of Newtown pointed out that 26 people were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, even though that school had done everything right when it came to security.

"The doors were locked, visitors had to be buzzed in, drills were regularly conducted, and internal communications systems were established," said First Selectwoman Pat Lloda.

Even the First Selectwoman of Newtown says you've got to strike some sort of balance. You can't have children thinking they're in some sort of armed camp. You have to balance keeping them secure with the anxiety of having too much security.

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