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Conn. public hearing to be held on school security

A legislative task force on gun violence and children's safety is holding a public hearing this morning at Connecticut's Legislative Office Building.

The school security working group is accepting testimony on school security concerns and ideas for improving school security following the Dec. 14 shooting at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School, which left 20 first graders and six educators dead.


Wilton State Senator Toni Boucher says one topic will be about infrastructure.  School safety and security and mental health issues within the school community will also be discussed.  Committee members will speak with panel members in the morning.  Starting at 1pm, there will be a public hearing.  Boucher says that will last until the final person has had their voice heard.


The associations of Superintendents, teachers and Boards of Education will be panel members in the morning.  The Committee will also hear from first responders, police, school facilities managers and school construction personnel.

The task force's subcommittee on gun violence prevention is holding its public hearing Monday, while the mental health subcommittee will hear from the public on Tuesday.

The full 52-member task force plans to hold a public hearing at Newtown High School on Wednesday evening.

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