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Police Patrols Up at Wayne Schools After CT Shooting

School officials, police working together to ensure everyone's safety following school killings.

Security has been increased at the town’s14 public schools following the horrific school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Conn. where 28 people, including the gunman, were killed.

Beginning Friday, after authorities learned of the shootings, police patrols increased at each school.

Uniformed and plainclothes police officers will continue to patrol each school throughout the week, said Chief John Reardon.

“I think everyone has on extreme sense of awareness now after what happened on Friday,” Reardon said. “What is happening now is probably similar to what is happening in any town in the country right now.”

Reardon said officers are walking through school buildings as an extra precaution to ensure everyone’s safety.

Superintendent Ray Gonzalez said that the district has a newly-revised safety and security plan. Schools engage in periodic drills when classes are in session so staff and students know exactly what to do in the “unlikely event of an emergency, Gonzalez said in a statement issued Monday afternoon.

“Wayne Township Public Schools continues to work with our local police department to ensure that each of our 14 schools enjoy the benefit of a consistent, daily police presence at this time,” Gonzalez’s statement read. “This district is strongly committed to a vigorous security program to make sure our schools remain safe, welcoming, and caring environments, free of fear.”

Reardon said residents should call 911 immediately to report any suspicious activity they observe occurring.

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Josie Wanna December 18, 2012 at 01:20 PM
What all these schools need to do is when someone rings the bell to be let into the school the person who rings that bell should get off their butt and go to the door. All these schools in Wayne “im sure lots of others as well” do is push the button and ppl walk in. There is a sign that says go to the office but no one does that and goes and does what they are there for. These needs to change! Someone needs to be at that door when that bell rings to see where that person is going and stop using the honor system!! This is getting scary :(
LTishsMom December 18, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I'd rather have a sense of comfort with regular patrols during drop-off and pick-up due to selfish, careless drivers.
Flood Plain December 18, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Nothing but PR. A waste of resources. Solution is to allow teachers and administrators to be PROPERLY trained and allowed to carry concealed. If this had been the case in CN, there would have been a lot less carnage. The authoritative academic literature proves it--see books and articles by Prof. John Lott for documentation.
Mr.Teacher December 23, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Ever since the board decided to outsource substitute teachers there are strangers, some of whom don't even speak English well, who wonder our schools everyday.

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