Newtown Voters Reject Proposal for Additional Security at Schools
Residents of Newtown, CT, scene of the Sandy Hook shooting December, this week voted down a proposed school budget which would have allowed for additional spending on school security.
The budget failed by 482 votes and would have increased the previous year’s spending by 5%.
According to NYDailynews.com,
First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra said the killings of 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School had an impact on the vote, the first since the massacre. “We’re very fragile as a community,” she said. “We’ve lost some of our confidence.”
Officials had put an extra $770,000 in the school and town budgets to hire extra police officers and unarmed security guards in each of Newtown’s public and private schools. The plan was spurred by the Dec. 14 shootings.
It is thought by some locals that the increase in the budget in a bad economy may have just been too much for some voters.