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December 18th, 2012
11:58 AM ET

Capital Prep Principal and Founder Steve Perry on school violence and the proposal to arm faculty with guns

Today children in Newtown, Connecticut are headed back to school today to a different world than the one they left last week after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary. Students at neighboring schools are receiving counseling along with teachers and administrators who are expected to discuss the tragedy with students in an age appropriate manner, according to the teachers' union. Classes however for the young children of Sandy Hook Elementary are not resuming just yet. A new facility in neighboring Monroe, Connecticut is currently being prepped for their arrival. This morning Principal and Founder of Capital Predatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut Steve Perry joins a special edition of “Starting Point” to weigh in on the Newtown Massacre which occurred less than an hour’s drive away from his own school.

Perry says in the aftermath of the Newtown tragedy, one of the first things he did was ask his colleagues if they were ok. He says that knowing this was important, “because the teachers have to feel good before they can go in and make the students feel good.” Perry adds that while it’s important to get back into the flow of the regular curriculum it is also important to, “take a couple of minutes to pull together some kids and have some conversations.”

Perry stresses the importance of listening to the kids because he says, “A lot of kids have fatigue over this. It’s freaking them out. They can’t sleep and so they’d actually like us to pump the breaks and talk about something different.”

On the proposal of arming school faculty with guns Perry says that is, “absolutely absurd.” He adds, “You could have had Navy [SEALS]… there are schools that have absolute substations … police substations in them but that wouldn’t have saved these children.” Perry says the “deranged” shooter “shot his way into a school. There’s not much you can do about that. It was a secure school.” He says, “Our children are frightened to go back to school because we have this lawlessness… in our country because so many children are afraid somebody’s carrying a gun.” He urges gun rights advocates to, “step back and realize that not everybody thinks that carrying a gun is cool.”

Filed under: Gun control • Gun violence • Guns • Sandy Hook
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  1. Jen Eubanks

    Why are you, Soledad, not insisting on a ban on violent video games and reform of the mental health programs along with your insistence on gun control? All of these young murderers were gamers who had mental problems. I am for banning assault guns, but we have culture problem in America which must be addressed. Tim Scott addresses this and you completely ignored him, but you pressed Gov. Scott on gun control. Surely you don't think this is purely a gun problem!

    December 19, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Connie

    Soledad, you made a comment earlier about something being the "low man on the totem pole", meaning something is less important, or gets less attention. Please feel free to check, but I believe a totem's position on a totem pole has no relation to its importance. Many believe the lowest totem is the most important. The totem tells a story or stories. I watch Starting Point every morning while working out, and knowing how protective you are of your heritage, I cringed a bit when you use the phrase, and felt it necessary to drop you a note!

    December 19, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Connie

      Oops, that should be used!

      December 19, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Martha Galbreath

    Gov. Rick Scott is part of the problem. He bought his governorship by spending millions of the $ he earned off of Medicare and helped Republicans reinstate Jim Crow laws in Florida to keep minorities from voting. NRA backed gun Republican who will do nothing to help actual people. It's time to petition for his early exit from the governorship.

    December 19, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse | Reply

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