The Board of Selectmen in Kent, Connecticut is considering a plan that would equip teachers with trauma kits and the relevant training and allow them to carry firearms in the classroom. The plan would also allow for anonymous volunteers to carry weapons in schools.
The plan is part of a program developed by an Ohio-based nonprofit called FASTER Saves Lives, which advocates training teachers, administrators, and other school staff on how to take action before the police arrive. The training is offered at no cost to the school district and includes training in crisis management, emergency medical aid and armed response.
Advocates in Kent claim that the training could make a huge difference in smaller communities which lack large police departments. Opponents cite concerns about safety and the proliferation of firearms in schools.
State Governor Dannel P. Malloy has voiced his opposition to the move in a public statement:
“If any board of education would approve this, I’d be shocked, frightened and disappointed. It makes no sense. And no school system in the state of Connecticut should be allowed to do this.”
Governor Malloy has an established record of support for restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.
The Kent Board of Selectmen has voted in favor of sending the plan to the Board of Education, which is ultimately responsible for making the decision to adopt it. The Board has offered no comment, pending review of the program at their meeting on March 3.