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Superintendent Reaches Out to Parents on School Security

Schools Superintendent Pamela Aubin has sent a letter to parents outlining the schools' security measures in the wake of the Newtown school shooting

 

Montville Public Schools Superintendent Pamela Aubin has written a letter to parents to update them on what the district is doing to keep Montville children, teachers and staff safe in the wake of the massacre of 20 first grade children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last Friday.

In her letter, Aubin wrote that early Monday morning, she “convened a brief meeting with principals to ensure that our safety protocols are being followed meticulously and consistency throughout the district.”

She said in each school, staff was making sure all doors are locked and checked, that all staff wear their ID badges at all times, and that, among other measures, anyone coming to a school must have photo ID and school’s were notified of deliveries.

Aubin also wrote that a security meeting is planned for the district’s safety committee and Montville Police, the Resident State Trooper and the Montville Fire Marshal to “review the district safety plan.

The letter, in its entirety, is attached to this story. 

Wayne December 18, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I appreciate the Superintendent's efforts in in making sure that all of the measures in place are followed. However, following this unthinkable event of Friday, I believe we must do more. Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press a discussion was being held about how to make schools safe. One of the panel members was a former Sec. of Education. He commented that he feels an armed and trained person such as a police officer or a retired police officer should be at the entrance of all schools. I could not agree more. I'm not talking about a Security Guard with a gun permit. I'm talking about a trained professional who knows how to read people and who will use their weapon if needed. Further, all ground level windows of all schools should be replace with a material that will stop a bullet and all window should be made so they can not be opened. The entrances of all schools must be made totally secure. Bullet proof glass. steel doors, and sally ports (man traps) should be installed. We install them in police stations and jails for security and in the casinos to protect money, we should spend the money to put them in our schools to protect our children. Lastly, metal detectors should be installed in the High School and Middle School. Are these drastic measures. Yes they are, but had there been an armed trained professional at the entrance at Sandy Hook, only one person would have died that day, the shooter. To be continued.
Wayne December 18, 2012 at 01:12 PM
The principle and other staff did their best to stop the shooter only to perish while trying to save the precious children in their care. Will this cost money, yes it will. I believe you will find very few people who would object to spending the money to make our schools truely safe. If a special tax is needed to make these changes, so be it. I do not want to hear about any more children or educators dying in school attacks. I do not want the President of the United States coming to our town only to meet with parents of slain children and attend a memorial for them. Please speak out. The politicians will not take the needed steps to stop gun violence in this country. They are afraid of the political fallout. Let us take the steps required to make our most valuable resource, our beloved children truley safe in school. God Bless Sandy Hook and the loved ones taken from them.
Toni Johnson December 18, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Wayne, my children are my life, and this incident is horrific, but I want my children to go to school each day, not a bunker. There are drive by shootings, should we all drive bullet proof vehicles? There are arsons, should we all live in fireproof homes? There are car accidents, should I never leave my house again? When we go to these extremes, we live confined and in fear. I don't want my children to grow up that way. Some have suggested gun bans, others arming teachers. Either option is too extreme. There is no disrespect meant here. I just think that we need to take reasonable measures to protect our children and society needs to address mental illness. Thank you to Mrs. Dix who stayed in contact with parents over the weekend, providing reassurance and guidance about talking to our children. The staff did a great job working with students to express their feelings and at the same time offer support to Newtown on Monday. Nice job in very difficult circumstances. My heart goes out to all affected by this senseless tragedy.
Tara December 18, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Wayne I 100% agree with you!
KEV December 19, 2012 at 01:38 AM
Wayne, I disagree 100%. You are a wack job
Wayne December 19, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Kev, it is your right to disagree with me. However, there is no need for the comment. People like you are why the world is in such a mess. No respect or tolerance for other people's ideas if they disagree with you. If wanting to protect our children makes me a "wack job" then I accept the title.
Jen F December 19, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Wayne... I want to protect my children (16, 10, 8) as much as the next person. I want them to grow up knowing that the Good Guys always win, the Bad Guy is always punished and that life is sunshine and daisies... However, I agree with Toni on this one. There is an extreme.... In the picture of the school you painted, how quickly can paniced scared people (let alone children) escape if the school is on fire? Truely, what you painted sounds like a death trap to me, and a prison besides. I want my children to feel safe, yes... but I don't want them to feel like a prison door slammed behind them when they entered either.
KEV December 19, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Sorry Wayne, my bad. But I just can't see the logic to your ideas. Whould the kids not be allowed outside for recess? Would we need armored personel transports to replace busses? What about when the kids are at the bus stop? Or a outdoor sporting event? Or mall, or park, or supermarket or anywhere? We can't protect everyone all the time, and I don't want my kids going to a prison-like school. How about this for a simple solution.....Lift the federal "no gun zone" and let teachers carry handguns if they choose. Massacures don't happen where guns are legal, they happen where guns are banned. A simple, zero cost solution. Sorry again for calling you a wack-job.
Ellyn Santiago (Editor) December 19, 2012 at 10:47 PM
I want to say how much I appreciate the respectful discourse here, the Patch 'town square' where we can agree to disagree.
REVMAN December 21, 2012 at 11:35 AM
I also disagree somewhat with Wayne because there are over 1100 schools in Ct.alone and it would be very expensive to do.Wayne sounds like a teacher and I would be all for it if all the teacher refused their raises for 3-4 years and cut the school budgets by 20%.I just read in the Day they want tax Ammo 50% our our politicitions really that stupid-YES!
Wayne December 21, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Revman Wayne is not a teacher. I am a concerned parent and grandparent. I have also been in the emergency services for 41 years. This issue has nothing to do with teacher's salaries.

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