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Group wants voters to decide if armed guards should be in Enfield schools

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Armed school security officers are expected to be put in Enfield Public Schools in the fall.

Retired police officers are part of the district's stepped up security measures after the Newtown tragedy where 20 children and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December. 

At least one person wants the city to hold off and is pushing for a town-wide vote on the matter.

A concerned parent is collecting signatures for a ballot question this fall that would in fact ask "should the town of Enfield have a future, town-wide vote on armed school security officers?"

"I'm not for it," said Elizabeth Davis of Enfield. "I want them to do proper research, bring in experts for it."

Davis has collected 500 signatures so far, but needs more than 2,500, which is needed to put the question on the ballot.

Davis said she believes the current plan was rushed through by the school board and town council.

"We kind of keep getting a runaround," Davis said. "So we're trying to get the answers and leave it up to the residents of the town."

Davis said if voters end up approving armed school security officers, so be it. She and others just want to have a say in an important decision.

"Might as well have some sort of discussion about it, go from there," said Jonathan Eckert of Enfield.

The move by the school does have its supporters.

"I just think times have definitely changed, since we were all kids and safety is of first concern," said Greg Thoelen of Enfield. 

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