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Maturo: East Haven Schools' Security Heightened Following Newtown Shooting

Mayor Joseph Maturo Jr held a meeting with East Haven school and emergency services officials Monday to discuss the need to follow the district's security procedures with "an even greater heightened awareness" in the wake of the Sandy Hoo

The following is a press release from the East Haven Mayor's Office.

In consideration of the tragic events in Newtown, East Haven Mayor Joseph Maturo, Jr. hosted a meeting of emergency services personnel and the Superintendent of Schools Office to discuss school security procedures and polices throughout the East Haven school district.

In attendance were the Chief of Police and several members of his staff, Deputy Fire Chief Chuck Licata, members of the Mayor’s staff and Superintendent of Schools Anthony Serio and Assistant Superintendent Erika Forti.

The Mayor was briefed on each of the school facilities and asked that the BOE be diligent that all current policies and procedures, which restrict open access to any school building, are followed diligently and with an even greater heightened awareness.

At all school buildings, all doors will remain locked with the presence of either Security personnel (EHHS and Middle School) and/or television surveillance and a procedure of identifying any visitor before their being allowed to enter the building.

In addition there will be a Police presence at the schools as children arrive each day this week and also during dismissal times.

The Mayor has scheduled several follow-up meetings in the coming days and weeks.

Sam Giglio December 18, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I am happy to see this taking place. What the BOE and the Town need to do thats more important as the weeks go by is to make sure we have a plan in place in case of any emergency in the buildings for staff and students. We must never forget how important this can be.
Bob Fawkes December 18, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Nothing but window dressing and a photo op for Maturo. How is this even remotely "an even greater heightened awareness"? Are the "Security personnel" at the EHHS and Middle School ARMED with handguns? If not, WHY? And how about placing an ARMED police officer or Security person at each of the town's ELEMENTARY schools for the entire school day? The Newtown school was locked after the children entered in the morning but the maniac reportedly shot through the locked front doors and walked right in.
Nathan Brown December 18, 2012 at 02:48 PM
To be brutally honest, I don't feel that our schools are safe enough. Why is it that our banks and police stations are safer than our schools? People will say "it's too expensive". Really? To protect our children? if they had started doing this when these shootings became all the rage after Columbine, the schools would be fortresses by now. These improvements do not have to change the look of the school (for the people complaining that they don't want their kids to be going to a "prison"), but they have to change the accessibility of the school. Sorry, but locked doors and metal detectors are not enough. They will not stop someone who is going there with an evil purpose. Please, Mayor Maturo, do something other than put your face on tv or in the paper and actually do something that will be worth while .
Luigi (the original) December 18, 2012 at 02:58 PM
So......is this your LAST POST too? How many LAST POSTS are you planning?
Tina D December 18, 2012 at 03:04 PM
All schools need to have a "panic button".
Bob Fawkes December 18, 2012 at 03:22 PM
"Luigi", Many folks have asked me privately to keep speaking out, to keep on giving a voice to the oppressed, and to keep the current buffoon mayor and his cronys honest. The support given me by the community after my announced departure from the Patch was overwhelming, to say the least. I thank you all. Even so, I waited until a matter of utmost urgency such as this, requiring intelligent discussion and debate and rational solutions, to come up, before commenting again on the Patch. If you have a problem with me "Luigi", please don't divert the discussion at hand. Instead, feel free to click on my name, which will pull up my profile wherein my e-mail address is located. You can reach me thus and we can discuss whatever issues you have with me. Open your heart and pray for to victims "Luigi", and tell your boss to do the same. Merry Christmas, JA
Luigi (the original) December 18, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Yeah, WHATEVER. You're an even bigger fraud than Hoff. At least he uses his own name when says he's done posting only to post again..... I'm SURE so many have contacted "Jacobo Arbenz" to ask that he continue posting. Even though he's DEAD and you're a fraud.
Richard Poulton December 18, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Sorry Tina, a "panic button" as you suggested would not have saved these children. Given the time frame from start to finish from what happened in Newtown, the outcome would have been close to the same. Other than turning our schools into a fortress of sorts, if one is bend on getting in, I am sorry to say, they will. Far too many doors, windows, delivery docks, etc.. Politicians will all get on the soap box and call for changes but not one will have a suggestion that will work, short of banning every gun yet to be sold and an order demanding every weapon held by a private citizen to be turned over to authorities, not much will happen. And there's the sorrow of it all.
Luigi (the original) December 18, 2012 at 10:07 PM
There are no measures that would ensure everyone's complete security all the time. PERIOD. I don't care what measures are taken, there will always be counter measures to circumvent. Not to diminish the horrendous tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, but expectations need to be realistic.

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