SM East featured in national NPR story on arming school officers, staff

SM East served as the subject of a lengthy piece on NPR’s Talk of the Nation Friday during which national education reporter Claudio Sanchez interviewed school resource officer Joel Porter and principal Karl Krawitz about the role of officers in schools and whether teachers and staff should have access to firearms.

Porter said after the Newtown, Conn., massacre he has lobbied for a more powerful weapon, believing that the .40 caliber handgun he carries wouldn’t be sufficient to confront a situation like the one at Sandy Hook. Porter also said he didn’t think it was a good idea to arm teachers and staff — an area where Krawitz and he have opposing views.

“You know, I’m not a gun advocate but I would have to say if I had access to a gun I would use it,” Krawitz said.

You can read the transcript of the story here, or listen to it below: