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Three Village School Officials Respond to Connecticut Shooting

Three Village school officials say information will be sent out regarding the district's own safety and emergency management procedures.

Friday's shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, that killed 20 students has school officials in Three Village reassuring parents that there are emergency management plans and security procedures are in place.

"We are continuing to follow the emergency management procedures as outlined in our safety plan and continue to work closely with our building administration to ensure that security and safety protocols are being followed," the district said in a statement on its website. "In the wake of this event, we will be disseminating further communications regarding our emergency management protocols early next week to district families."

According to a school spokeswoman, Three Village's emergency management team holds regular meetings throughout the school year to "review and discuss current district practices and protocols as well as attend training." The next meeting is scheduled for January.

Three Village students, faculty, and staff practice lockdown drills each year along with a relocation drill, and districtwide there is a school safety plan that is put into place.

Ward Melville High School and Arrowhead Elementary were twice on lockdown in recent history, once in May of 2012 when a burglary had taken place near the schools and once in September of 2011 when a bank was robbed in the vicinity of those two buildings.

The district also extended a message of sympathy to the families effected in Newtown. "It is with heavy hearts that we extend our deepest sympathies to those families affected by the horrific events that took place in Connecticut earlier today. ... Our thoughts and prayers are with those most directly affected by today’s tragedy."

Tc December 15, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Unfortunately 3V schools reduced their security personnel due to the budget. This needs to be remedied immediately!!!
Jane December 15, 2012 at 05:24 PM
The schools have NO security. You can walk into any building during school hours because the main entrance Is never locked. The doors to my house are locked all the time and yet I send my children to the schools and there is an open door. Other districts have a "buzz in" system, why don't we???? I am very concerned about the safety of our children.
Tc December 15, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Much stricter security measures need to be put in place and this starts with the personnel needed to provide these measures. Any doorway that is open to the public as a form of ingress to each school needs to be manned continuously and Identification must be produced etc. In addition each school should have at least one man performing exterior observation of the school. This is in addition to any current security measures provided. Unfortunately this is the scary world we live in and these incidents are happening more frequently. Please say a prayer for those twenty little Angels and their families and all other victims and those affected by yesterday's unfathomable tragedy in Newtown Ct. I myself had family that lived and raised a child there many years ago. I visited them in the town and it was very serene and postcard beautiful .. Much like 3 Village.. It can happen anywhere folks and our board /etc. should not have approved any reduction in security.
Tc December 15, 2012 at 05:39 PM
If you believe strongly in providing for the safety of our children please leave your comments and ideas and get the board of education and superintendent of our schools to quickly implement better security measures. This means adding more personnel etc. NOT REDUCING!!
joe gal December 15, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I strongly believe that all schools should have trained and well armed plain clothed security / police. This is a much different world than just 20 or thirty years ago. There is a lack of morality and acceptance of violence that was not present just a generation ago. In addition no matter what many people believe there is evil in society that must be defended against. You can pretend otherwise but it is the truth.
joe gal December 15, 2012 at 08:47 PM
every school should have armed plain clothes security no matter what. we live in a very different society than 20 or 30 years ago.
Concerned mother of 3 December 16, 2012 at 03:57 AM
The entrance of each school should have a second door that lies beyond it that individuals need to be buzzed through. Right now you can just open the door and walk past the greeter.
Mike December 16, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I don't know who you are Lori,however I work as a teacher in the district and my children attend the schools and I can ASSURE YOU there is NO buzz in system. The main entrance to the buildings are unlocked and you have to then speak to a "greeter". If a person with a semi automatic weapon enters the building, what exactly could you do to stop the person from continuing into the buildings to the classrooms of our children. How dare you suggest that nothing can be improved!! These are the taxpayers schools and we OWE our children a serious review of of our security procedures. I have INTENSE anxiety to send my beautiful child to school on Monday and the last thing I need to hear is "everything is fine" from a "greeter". We all know the schools are not secure and we need to DO SOMETHING about it! Unless your child, Lori, is a student in 3V, please keep your untrue comments about the safety of our schools and the pride of your job as a greeter to yourself!
Tc December 16, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Dear Lori M. We all appreciate the Job you do with great pride. HOWEVER after spending years myself in Law Enforcement there are gaping holes in the security of many a school district on Long Island.. 3 Village being one of them.
Concerned mother of 3 December 17, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Amen to all that Mike! Lori, we appreciate the job you are doing and don't belittle that at all. It has been my experience that I have recently walked into a 3V middle school and grade school and the door is not locked during school hours. I guess you're on the right track at Nassakeag.
Mike December 17, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Cody- Minnesauke, Murphy and Gelinas do NOT have a buzzer system. The doors to ALL schools are half glass. Putting an old woman at the door does not make sense. There ARE many things the district can do to make our schools safer. The fact that you said "apparently my children attend the wrong school" is precisely my problem with the district's safety. The district has gaping holes in security. This is a FACT. And people like you who defend the district without having one bit of desire to review safety practices, is the reason why complacency exists. Shame on you.
Emma December 19, 2012 at 06:22 PM
I live in Setauket and my kids will go to the kindergarten next year. I really think that all school doors should have no glass and be locked automatically. Also the school windows should install security guard bar. We have to do something to protect our kids.
Kevin December 23, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Sorry mike that is incorrect minnesauke has a buzzer and video survelience on every door.

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