Three parents appealed to the City Council on Tuesday for a unified effort to promote security in the Wadsworth schools.
In the wake of the Newtown, Conn. shootings, Dave Bartiromo said, "we don't want this to be a Newtown."
Mike Madachick asked the council what can be done to raise funds for more safety in the schools.
President Pro Tem Bruce Darlington suggested they talk to the safety director while Councilman John Sharkey also recommended talking to the school board.
However, Bartiromo said, "we don't want to wait that long" and "we need to do something now."
Safety Director Matt Hiscock told the parents there had been an increased presence of police in the areas of the schools since the Connecticut shootings.
Katie Tiger said, "The highest priority needs to be the protection of our children." Tiger suggested "trained, armed security guards" may be the answer. They could screen "every student and visitor who walks in the building," she noted.
Tiger said, "We need to unite as a community to make the appropriate change." She asked for the "schools, police and community to take action together to set the highest standards in school safety."