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Norwalk school security plans being made

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A Norwalk Police cruiser sits outside Kendall Elementary School recently.

NORWALK, Conn. – Progress is being made to beef up the security at Norwalk’s schools, Board of Education member Artie Kassimis said Tuesday night.

The school safety committee met last week, he said. Norwalk Police are continuing to survey the schools looking for “different nuances” as they study security issues, he said; Marvin and Cranbury elementary schools were visited last week. An emergency plan that takes into account the capabilities of different age levels has been developed, allowing for more help from teachers for elementary school students and more independence from high school kids.

The committee has talked of numbering doorways at the schools so they can direct first responders more efficiently in the event of an emergency. Kassimis said a standard numbering system has been developed, meaning that each school will be numbered by the same pattern, so that firefighters and police officers will know where they are going, no matter where in the city they are.

Committee members have studied scenarios in different categories: man-made disasters, natural disasters and hazardous materials situations.

Interim Superintendent Tony Daddona said safety is a team effort. He thanked the “vigilant” Norwalk High School student who saw Facebook posts threatening the lives of two people at the school and alerted authorities, leading to the arrest of another student Sunday.

“If it wasn’t for that vigilance, we don’t know what would have happened,” he said. “It’s very important that everyone looks at school safety, to look at it as a team. … It not the principals’ responsibility but it is all of our responsibility.”

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6 responses to “Norwalk school security plans being made”

  1. Thank goodness my children go to private schools where there are already undercover, armed security officers (men and women).

  2. Mr Norwalk Ct

    OMG Irish Girl
    that sounds more like a prison camp.

  3. No, it is not. A beautiful school on 50 acres of property…

  4. Tim T

    Mr. Norwalk
    I agree it does sound horrid. The last place I would send my children is an armed camp. Also having armed guards at a school means nothing as was proven at Columbine. It may actually be worse as in friendly cross fire.

  5. Too bad you do not know what you are talking about, two posters.

    Tim, outright lie about having an armed guard at Columbine – please stick to facts.

    It really is a shame that the anti-gun & anti-amendment crowd is using this tragedy to their upmost public display of propaganda that it is clouding everyone’s minds TO WHAT IS REALLY AT STAKE. Moreover, you two are on the bandwagon.

    Say what you will about the school because really, it is making you look like jealous, petty and I will say it, dumb fools (really like kindergartners hating over the newest video game).

    At the beginning of each school day, I know that my children are not sitting ducks. Nevertheless, go ahead and keep saying to yourself that banning these arms will prevent another massacre (say it enough times and it “might” be true, but even more times and it is true – in your mind). Because somewhere, even in towns where it is “illegal” to own such arms – this WILL happen again. I pray that it does not but some of the people in this world are not getting the help they need.

    So you see, it is not the guns but the mental state of people (and from what is being written on blogs, it is scary out there).

    Until mental health issues are addressed, there is no way to guarantee this will not happen again, because IT WILL happen again.
    There is NO WAY to keep banned arms out of the hands of people who are determined to carry through their insane and horrific acts. But these laws WILL keep arms out of law-abiding citizens.

    It would be nice to say that we agree to disagree but these changes have more far more damaging implications than you are admitting to and you know it.

    But it will be the next generation that will suffer.

    I am done with this – good night, sirs.

  6. SarahM

    Irish Girl – you really need to get your facts straight, or at least get your head out of the clouds. It has been proven time and time again that on-campus armed guards, weather undercover or not, do NOT guarantee the safety of students. Unfortunately, in many instances they only contribute to the confusion. If it was really that simple, every school would have armed guards. Get off your high horse and your “50 acre campus”, and maybe then you will see that MORE guns are not the answer. I am not anti-gun, I just believe that there are much better alternatives. For starters, lets make schools as secure as the average commercial airline flight deck.

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