Several liberal advocacy groups are opposing placing more armed personnel in Wake County schools and say they want to be involved in the school district's review of security practices.
In this statement dated Thursday from the Education Justice Alliance, the group says the Sandy Hook shootings shouldn't cause people "to repeat mistakes of the past." They say these mistakes include increasing police presence at schools following the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School.
"Some local leaders are proposing that we place armed guards in all Wake County elementary schools, arm principals, introduce marshals, and provide teachers with mace or tazers, among other similarly reactionary and ineffective proposals," according to the press release. "A state senator has introduced SB27, lobbying for school personnel and volunteers to be trained in weapon use. These practices would only further create a prison-like environment in our public schools and criminalize youth of color."