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~ Newtown parents want police to stay at schools

NEWTOWN, Conn. — 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.

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After the shooting, some

After the shooting, some school districts around the country asked police departments to increase patrols. Many districts are revisiting safety plans and looking at issues such as whether school resource officers traditionally at middle and high schools should be deployed to elementary schools, said Francisco Negron, general counsel for the National School Boards Association.

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

District officials say they are working up financial projections for what added security would cost.

John Bello, a real estate developer, said his 7-year-old-son, who lost two friends in the shooting at Sandy Hook, has been happy to see the police officers stationed at his Head O'Meadow Elementary School in Newtown since the tragedy.

"I said, `Did you see the police?' and he said, `Yeah, that's good,'" Bello said.

Bello said he believes the schools need to keep armed security officers, even if it means paying more in taxes or cutting other programs. He took issue with a speech Wednesday by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in which the Democrat said more guns are not the answer.

"I wasn't satisfied with the governor last night talking armed security guards not being an option. He doesn't have a better option," Bello said.

Malloy has convened a task force to review state laws and policies affecting guns, mental health and school safety.