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Tell Us: School Security in Port Washington

Will you lend your voice to the discussion?

The Port Washington School Board meets Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the Schreiber High School auditorium.

District security is the discussion item on Tuesday's agenda in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Security protocols, procedures and potential future needs will be covered. 

Are you concerned about school security? What improvements would you like to see? Will you lend your voice at tonight's meeting, or write to school board members with your ideas and concerns?

Tell us in the comments. 

sadeto January 09, 2013 at 12:37 AM
There is no security now, so anything will be an improvement. The front door monitors don't control all access and don't pay attention half the time, I've often walked into Weber and Schreiber without signing in. But no guns, please. Just locked doors and access control.
Steve klyce January 09, 2013 at 02:32 PM
This came in my email 12 hrs AFTER the meeting. Would be nice if we could get timely notice of PW school board activities. Sadeto has a good point...we need to monitor the monitors to make sure they are doing their job. I do not know the details, but providing each monitor with a panic button that would set off immediate sonic alarms (bells, horns) and alert the police (as done in banks) would go a long way to scare off intruders or at least hasten professional help.
Local Resident January 09, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Locking the front doors of the schools would be the logical first step.
Archie Bunker January 09, 2013 at 05:33 PM
If there is something suspicious going on, simply call 911 However, I am sure whatever cockamamie plan is implemented, it will be a excuse to raise school taxes even more
jonathan winant January 09, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Considering the changes in our society it is imperative to teach parents and teachers how to better recognize family members and school children with problems or issues which might signal they need attention by a professional. Keep in mind many of the mass killings were performed by individuals which had previous exhibited behavioral problems. The mother of the Conneticut killer knew her son had problems, warned the baby sitter ten years ago and then she take her son to the rifle range. Other nass killers had been said to guard down and if you know something say something.
jonathan winant January 09, 2013 at 05:43 PM
correct to last post Many of the other mass murders had clearly recognized social and behavioral problems or were loners. These should have been red flags to get them help.
Local Resident January 09, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Agreed, but if diagnosis and the necessary assistance fail, there need to be physical security measures in place that help in preventing such tragedies.
sadeto January 09, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Oh please, don't start this nonsense again. Yes, many mass murderers had psychological problems that were evident prior to their committing murder. Let's stop them by identifying and constraining the civil liberties of every loner, oddball, developmentally challenged, depressed, nonconformist person we can find. You're talking about a significant percentage of the adult population. And the Connecticut killer's mother was warning the babysitter because she was worried about her son harming himself, not the babysitter. Please stop supporting the NRA in their efforts to draw attention away from the most obvious, proximate problem: ready and easy access to weapons and ammunition that facilitate mass murder. Every society has mentally ill people, few societies provide sufficient resources to care for them, yet the US alone experiences mass murder with regularity. Just please stop this nonsense.
Archie Bunker January 09, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Half the people in NYC have social and/or behavioral problems Good Luck getting them help
Anon January 09, 2013 at 09:07 PM
locking the doors might work at the elementary school/middle school level, but could never seriously work at the high school level. You have 1500+ kids, with hundreds having off periods at any given time. You can't keep locking/unlocking the door every time someone wants to walk outside and walk back in - that's just ridiculous. Any front-door monitor would be useless. If there is a monitor, i don't think someone wanting to shoot up the school would walk in with the "guns a blazing" but would instead walk in normally and then pull out weapons once inside, say, the cafeteria. My idea would be either (i) arm the 5 ex-cop security officers, (ii) set up a bullet-proof enclosure for one armed police officer to man, or (iii) metal detectors (so at least any shooting would have to occur at the metal detector station, where you would have an armed guard in his enclosure ready to pounce).
jonathan winant January 09, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Sadeto I have no idea what your problem is but your full of anger I have nothing in common with the NRA I have to ask you how you would feel if your child came home from school and told you of a teacher who exhibited some strange (possibly very odd) behavior? Would you be promted to follow up on it? If you had a child with behavioral problems would you teach it how to use high powered weapons which hold clips full of amo? That was my point and yes I do agree gun laws are far to lax as is the backround checks.
jonathan winant January 09, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Court buildings have metal detectors ! now that things have changed at schools every l;ittle measure helps the only problem is that you can not put an armed officer all over the school they are just too big of a campus. School Hospitals and Movie theaters need to be made more secure thats the bottom line look what happened after the several shootings at the movie theater at Green Acres mall in Valley Stream some year ago. Metal detectors were installed. Someone with asault type weapons would no match for one or two guards armed with pistols. Whats next bzzokas at every door.
Anon January 09, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Pretty much, there is no real answer to this other than - raise your kid so that he does not become a murderer, and trust that your child will be safe. Because, really, there are holes in every strategy. For example, although I stated above that arming security/police might be the best way to go about it (of course, in the absence of a complete ban on guns, which would be best), but what if that security /police officer is having a bad day (getting divorced, child hates him/her, etc) and decides to go on a shooting spree - now all you've done is given license to the person to carry a gun in school. Furthermore, i feel like metal detectors take away too much of the freedom of the students and make it seem like they are in a jail - but what else can you do? Pretty much anything that is done will have a way around it or will be seemingly too drastic. I literally second guess myself every time I come up with a solution, because there is none.
Anon January 09, 2013 at 09:33 PM
nassau taxpayer - but what if the shooter is a student and is entitled to be there, and has a card? then he will get in easily and the monitor can't do anything about it, because the person is allowed to be there, then that person walks to the cafeteria and shoots everyone
Anon January 09, 2013 at 09:46 PM
nassau taxpayer - not sure what you'r referring to with respect to the Riker's High comment (i'll send my kids (if and when) to schreiber, thanks) - who said anything about searching every kid? My point is that there is no real solution short of full out cavity checks of every person in the school. I'm saying that your idea about college-like card-swiping system will only, theoretically, keep away non-students. I say theoretically because what prevents me getting a hold of a students card and swiping it? Also, it does nothing to stop a threat from a current student.
Anon January 09, 2013 at 09:50 PM
I think 2 armed officers would work - Someone tries to shoot the first one, guess what, you're dead because the second officer just popped you from the other direction. Also, the response would be much quicker than summoning officers from the station. However, you run into the question - what if the person entitled to the gun goes crazy.
Anon January 09, 2013 at 09:54 PM
I'm all for a complete gun ban (although impossible to implement). You're missing the point - im not saying let's have Riker's High (assuming you say this because of all the checks/security/etc that people want to implement) - I'm saying that there is (i) no real answer because everything perceived solution has a downside (including arming people at the school) and a loophole that can be circumvented OR (CAPS, BOLD, UNDERLINED) (ii) is too drastic a measure.
Anon January 09, 2013 at 09:55 PM
There you go - missing the point
Anon January 09, 2013 at 10:55 PM
And your proposal on how to do reduce guns? Don't say "more stringent background checks" - I'm pretty sure Adam's mom would have passed a more stringent background check. I'm all for elimination of guns - but it won't happen (can't happen - impossible) and i'm all for reduction of guns, but that doesn't save anybody once someone with a gun (who either passed your the more stringent test or got it from someone else who did or stole it) tries to shoot up a school
Anon January 09, 2013 at 11:43 PM
This article is about school safety - a global comment like "reduction of guns in society" does virtually nothing to that end. Suppose I came to the school with a cache of ninja throwing knives and started throwing them at people (assuming I was a good ninja and had skills with the knives (this is for arguments sake - there are other more likely ways to kill people in schools without guns)) - guess what, your idea of "reducing the guns available in society" does absolutely nothing whereas an armed officer or something to that end works the same regardless of the method of danger (keep in mind - not saying armed guards are ideal - just saying its an idea).
Paula Ptaschnik January 10, 2013 at 01:42 AM
Are you people out of your minds? Absolutely no arms of any kind! Armed guards in our schools will not keep our children out of harms way. In fact, that action could put our dearest in the line of fire. Stray bullets harm the innocent. Expect bulletproof vests be on next year's list of school supplies...I'll bet that will get you to stop complaining about the box of tissues!
jonathan winant January 10, 2013 at 10:07 AM
Information to all the news just talked about a company in South America which manufactures bullet proof clothing. The cmpany now has a line of bullet proof clothing for children YES! children with bullet proof backpacks and bullet proof jackets. For the Old timmers Bob Dylan said it bst "The times they are a changing".
Archie Bunker January 10, 2013 at 03:19 PM
Proof that the only way to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a bigger gun http://news.yahoo.com/mom-shot-intruder-inspires-gun-control-foes-003753089.html
jonathan winant January 10, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Archie Bunker You's is a Meat Head, maybe we need to have guards with bazookas and grenagde launchers. Truth is someone those who comitt these types of violent acts could have been stopped very long before they even picked up the assault weapon. Just as if we (government) had paid attention to the reports coming from groups like Scottland Yard and Interpol which warned the U. S. should have been on the alert for terrorists who will do mass destruction from either air or water. Bigger guns will not stop tose with crazy ideas once they set the plan in motion we have to stop them before they pick up the weapon. We also have to make it as hard as possible to obtain such weapons.
jonathan winant January 10, 2013 at 04:15 PM
What I was referencing to is the attack on the World Trade Center. News media reported that we were warned of terrorist attack and what did the U. S. do?
Archie Bunker January 10, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Are you blaming the 9/11 attacks entirely on Bush? Clinton has a number of chances to deal with Al Qaeda and take out Bin Laden, but was too busy with Monica and other personal issues
jonathan winant January 10, 2013 at 07:28 PM
What I was try to get accross is that when creditable sources recognize serious or very dangerous situations or individuals why do so many turn their heads in denial? If you lived next to a neighbor who acted more then suspicious and you warned your children to say clear of him would you just leave it at that? I know law suites could follow but in this day and age vigilance the key word. Hopw would you feel if the same person attacked your child and then you learn neighbors had fears about this person and the way he acted? Times have changed drastically and so do laws.

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