EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Several angry parents called News 8 worried their children's safety was compromised on this election day.
Their children's school served as a polling location Tuesday, and they say there should have been permanent security guards there with so many strangers coming in and out of the building.
For years, the schools have served at polling places and the Registrar of Voters says they've never had any issues. But, the parents who called News 8 say now more than ever security must be heightened when schools are used for a public purpose like voting.
It looks like a typical polling place, but some parents say something missing from this scene has them in panic mode.
"I'd feel a little more safe if you had a police officer with a wand, wanding people in," said Tammy Sherwood.
As soon as Tammy Sherwood and Nicole Desrosiers heard from other parents that a permanent police officer was not in place, they pulled their kids out for the day.
"To have this going on during school hours at the school library that has access. Anyone can walk in and go in any of these rooms," said Sherwood.
News 8 went right to Town Hall to ask questions about the polling place set-up. Both the Republican and Democratic Registrar of Voters say they did what was asked.
"There was one request from the principal at Deer Run that we not use the all purpose room because kids are in their for lunches and gym all day. They asked that we use the library," said Donna Norman. "You just walk by a little display case and you take a left and the library is there in the back, and there's no classroom back there."
Donna Norman says with the all purpose room you walk in one door and out the other, without entering the school.
Still, these parents say steps should've been taken to have an officer there all day period, not just frequent stops as police say they were advised to do.
"I know a few people who are permitted to carry a gun who came to this school and voted, and thank God they were sane and thank God they didn't want to hurt children, because they could have and that's the scary part," said Nicole Desrosiers.
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