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Parents petition armed guards at Enfield schools

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A group of Enfield parents and teachers, who believe the controversial armed guards in school program was rushed through, have taken a big step toward getting a town wide vote on the issue.

Diana Trowbridge does not have a problem with the 18 armed security officers patrolling all Enfield schools, especially after the Sandy Hook School shootings last December, where 20 first graders and six adults were shot and killed.

"I think it's a good idea and I know they're safe," Trowbridge said.

But a number of people in town believe town leaders essentially approved the plan, and then had a public hearing afterward.

"I do understand how people feel they should be included in the decision too," Trowbridge said.

Liz Davis said town leaders could have done better and on Friday, they handed in 2865 signatures to the Enfield town clerk.

The purpose of the petition is to put a referendum on the ballot asking the question, "should Enfield have a town wide vote on the armed school officers?"

"It was rushed through, and it wasn't brought to the community prior," Davis said.

Davis admits she's against having armed school officers, yet said half her signatures are from people, who want to keep the armed security officers.

"As a community as a whole, if that's what our community chooses, then I'm fully there to support it," Davis said.

Now while the group proposing the town wide vote had enough signatures for its petition, there's no certain date when, or if, a referendum will take place.

Town leaders have to put it on the ballot, and Davis said one thing she has learned here in town politics, is that there are no guarantees.

Enfield Mayor Scott Kaupin told Eyewitness News late Friday afternoon that he "applauds the group's perseverance to get the 2,800 signatures."

Yet Kaupin said the council will have to determine if proposed referendum question meets the definition of a proposed ordinance, or other measure, as required by the town charter.

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