Teachers with guns? Selectmen say no

Armed teachers are a bad idea for Ridgefield, a substitute middle school teacher told the Board of Selectmen.

“There’s a certain growing element that wants teachers to be trained in weaponry inside schools. I think that is irresponsible,” said John Locke of Danbury Road. “The first responders and the police have that responsibility.”

Locke, who said he’d been substitute teaching at East RIdge Middle School for 12 years, spoke in the “public comment” period at the start of the March 8 selectmen’s meeting.

He’s convinced arming teachers would be counterproductive to the goal of student safety.

“I’m for increase security in school,” he said. “We don’t need more weapons in the school...

“It’s just going to cause mass confusion — bullets flying all over.”

First Selectman Rudy Marconi said that the Board of Selectmen had no plans for a program to arm Ridgefield teachers.

“There is no decision of arming teachers,” Marconi said.

It might be discussed by school board, though.

Asked if arming teachers was something school authorities might consider, Superintendent of Schools Karen Baldwin said: “The Board Education will broadly discuss safety and security practices in the District at the March 27th meeting.”