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Security Guards to Patrol Pat-Med Elementary Schools Next Week

Superintendent Michael Locantore says a security guard will be at all district elementary schools next week in wake of Conn. shooting.

In the wake of the Friday's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 26 people, including 20 children, all elementary schools in the Patchogue-Medford School District will have a security guard in place on Monday, according to a call to parents from Superintendent Michael Locantore Friday evening. 

The guards will remain in place through next week, Locantore said. The district's middle schools and high school already have security guards. 

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families in Connecticut who are dealing with this unspeakable tragedy," Locantore said in the call. 

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Kathleen Rubinstein December 16, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I agree that these security guards and greeters are useless to stop anyone who forcefully tries to enter a school building.They are not armed nor are they trained to handle a situation like that. I have gone to the schools with my ID in hand only to be told at times to go ahead in and no one has recorded my presence in the school. It is a very sad and dangerous world that we are living in when we have to have guards at the entrances in our schools. The security guards in the middle and high schools are there only to keep the kids in line not to stop intruders. AND they are only posted by the doors at the start and the end of the day. Who is watching the doors ( other than the main entrance) in the high school through out the day when you have kids leaving at different times? The doors by the gyms need to be guarded all day long. My daughter has told me more than once that she feels uncomfortable going down that hall to get to her art class because of these doors.
Gerald A. Tiernan December 16, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I live in their district. I'm a retired police officer with an armed guard license. I will be calling Monday to see if they are hiring. Hopefully more than a week.
Gerald A. Tiernan December 16, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I think having a security guard in the schools is a good idea. I live in the district. I'm a retired police officer with an armed guard license and I'm calling Monday.
Cheryl Deptola January 05, 2013 at 12:48 AM
i just want to let you know... they have the wrong guy !!!
Steve January 05, 2013 at 01:38 AM
And the day will come when an armed or unarmed "security guard" snaps and harms a child only for some lawyer to sue the school district for not properly training and conducting a proper mental evaluation. Sounds crazy but this is the age we live in. The age of ZERO accountability, panic and "searching for answers". I remember when knew our neighbors and everyone in the stores in our local communities. When there were no tip jars. When minimum wage was "opportunity", not a burden. While I'm glad they are taking measures to ensure the safety of our children, I find it sad how things have changed for the worse in our country.

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