Man Rushes Past Greeter at Murphy Jr. High, Nabbed by School Personnel

Email sent to parents by school principal regarding the incident. No one was injured.

Murphy Junior High School. Patch file photo.
Murphy Junior High School. Patch file photo.

A man was apprehended Wednesday by school personnel at Murphy Junior High School after rushing past the entrance greeter.

According to an email sent to parents from school principal Vincent Vizzo, the incident involved a young-man who had fled from a community group home. He approached the entrance of the building and was buzzed in, which is in line with school protocol, and was asked why he was at the school at which point he rushed past the greeter and was “swiftly apprehended by school personnel.” The police, according to the letter, were immediately notified.

According to Suffolk County police, the 23-year-old mentally ill man was taken to the hospital for evlauation.

The letter reads in part:

The young man approached the entrance of our building and following normal protocol, was buzzed into the building where he was received by our greeter. Because he had no student ID and was not recognizable to the greeter, he was asked about his purpose for being at the school. At that point, the young man rushed past the greeter but was swiftly apprehended by school personnel. The police department was immediately notified of this incident and arrived on the scene in a matter of minutes. The young man was turned over to police.

The district is in the process of $1.1 million in security upgrades, including the addition of vestibules at the main entrance to each building except for Ward Melville High School, where visitors will be required to check in with identification. The vestibules will feature two-way intercoms with cameras. Visitors currently are buzzed into Murphy.

The letter was also posted on Murphy's website.

Patch was unable to speak with Mr. Vizzo at the time this story was posted and no other details are currently available. If further information becomes available we will update the story.

Tc December 11, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Wow!! This "normal protocol" needs to be revamped immediately. Kudos to the school personnel who averted a possible extremely volatile situation.
Jamie Webb December 12, 2013 at 07:18 AM
The Three Village School District security personnel are awesome. I'm from Florida and moved up hear 7 yrs ago and i'm very impressed with the staff. Very courtesy and professional. And can kick ass when needed to. Very proud of them.
Jamie Webb December 12, 2013 at 07:20 AM
Could you imagine if the man had a gun or tried to bite one of them? The risk these men took is impressive. The disease or infection they could have got and the possible shooting they prevented !! Proud of you all.
EG December 12, 2013 at 07:47 AM
You can have the greatest Security Guards in the world, but if the normal protocol is to buzz in then ask questions, then there's nothing to stop an armed intruder from gunning down the unarmed security guards on his way to mass murder. The leftist political correctness of the District has put our children in danger. Did the Security consultant the District hired recommend this "normal protocol" ? Did he explain that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun? Why does the board that put their ideology before the safety of our kids? This incident should be construed as warning and blessing that nobody got hurt and that the security procedure is inadequate, but that lesson will be obscured by ideology.
justme December 12, 2013 at 08:14 AM
Terrible protocol! If the "23 year old mentally ill man" was buzzed in then pulled a gun we would have have an entirely different situation. Could have been a repeat of Newtown. The Security Guards did a great job apprehending this unarmed man, but if he was armed the "security protocol" could have cost them their lives.
Jim Bask December 12, 2013 at 01:40 PM
I agree. The protocol is a MAJOR problem. If someone came to your door at night and rang the bell would you let them in first and then ask them why they are there? Do you think this unarmed security job would have had the opportunity to stop Adam Lanza after he was buzzed into the building?


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