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Enfield adds armed guards in schools

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ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

There were mixed emotions for parents sending their children back to school in Enfield on Tuesday morning as they were greeted by armed security guards.

On the first day of school there are normally concerns regarding new backpacks, new clothes and supplies.

But aside from the usual concerns, something else has been weighing on Enfield parents' minds - school safety.

In the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Enfield school leaders decided to add more than a dozen armed security guards to protect their schools.

"I'm really excited that they have that," grandparent Pat Jackson said. "These kids, they're innocent."

Outside the Enfield Street School Tuesday morning, there was a long line as every parent passed through security, got a nametag and then dropped their kids off.

Most of the armed guards are retired police officers who needed to pass extensive training before getting the job. They're there to keep the kids safe, but not every parent is happy about the change.

"I'm all for protecting my children, but the way they did it, without any public input, and it happened so quickly, I mean, look at the line. This is ridiculous on the first day of school," parent Gina Sullivan said.

In addition to armed guards, the town of Enfield hardened all of the school buildings in order to prevent or slow down an attack, but wouldn't go into specifics.

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