Union chief: Teachers felt rushed after Newtown

This December 2012 photo released by the Connecticut State Police on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, shows a scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.  (AP Photo/Connecticut State Police)
This December 2012 photo released by the Connecticut State Police on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, shows a scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. (AP Photo/Connecticut State Police)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The president of the local teachers union says his members felt rushed back to the classroom after the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown.

Tom Kurkowski, president of the Newtown Federation of Teachers, appeared Friday before the governor’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission. He says other school districts that have experienced similar events gave their teachers time to get thorough training to help children returning to school.

Kurkowski said a “one-day workshop, where our input wasn’t even listened to, was not something that we thought was moving us in the right direction.”

Kurkowski also expressed concerns that federal funding to improve school security didn’t come until recently. But he praised the availability of mental health services for teachers.

Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

 

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