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Town considering arming teachers

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KENT, Conn. (AP) -- A Connecticut town is considering a program that trains teachers to use guns in the event of an active shooter.

But Gov. Dannel Malloy is coming down hard on the idea.

Kent selectmen voted 2-1 this week to present information about the "FASTER Saves Lives" program to the Board of Education. The board will ultimately decide whether to implement the program at the pre-K through eighth-grade Kent Center School.

The nonprofit Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response program would provide trauma kits and firearms training to school personnel in the event of a hostile act or intrusion.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Malloy said he's particularly concerned that the program would also allow anonymous volunteers to carry weapons at school. Malloy says "it makes no sense," adding, "no school system in the state of Connecticut should be allowed to do this."

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