Newtown parents want police to stay at schools

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Associated Press

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 10 at 1:05 PM

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — Some parents in Newtown are calling for police to stay at town schools indefinitely, saying the sight of uniformed officers is a comfort to their children in a town reeling from last month's massacre inside an elementary school.

School officials say they've received many emails voicing concern about long-term security. The district has had two officers at each of its six schools since the shooting on Dec. 14 that left 20 children and six staff members dead at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Schools Superintendent Janet Robinson also wants the police presence to continue. She says children have not ventured outside school for recess because of anxiety.

Parents asked the Police Commission and Board of Education this week to continue to provide police at the schools.

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