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When children from Sandy Hook Elementary school return to class in neighboring Monroe, Conn. today, they’ll be entering “the safest school in America,” according to the Associated Press.

“Law enforcement officers have been guarding the new school, and by the reckoning of police, it is ‘the safest school in America,'” the AP reported Thursday.

“I think right now it has to be the safest school in America,” Monroe police Lt. Keith White was quoted as saying.

Having armed guards in schools is the National Rifle Association’s suggestion for keeping children safe from the kind of terror that happened last month in Newtown, Conn.

“As parents, we do everything we can to keep our children safe. It is now time for us to assume responsibility for their safety at school,” NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre said at a Dec. 21 news conference. “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he said.

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