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Pat-Med Schools Increase Security After Shooting

Recess held indoors, roving patrol visiting schools.

Safety precautions at Patchogue-Medford schools have been heightened after .

Superintendent Michael Locantore said at Monday’s Board of Education meeting at South Ocean Middle School that the school district is on a “modified lockdown” until the .

In a issued a statement on the district’s website, Locantore said that the windows and doors of the first floor of every school building are locked, greeters are opening and closing the doors for everyone entering or exiting the buildings and a roving patrol is stopping by each school periodically during the day to address problems.

Gym classes and recess for the elementary schools are being held indoors, and a security guard is present at any outside activity at the elementary schools.

The full statement from the school district’s website is below:

Message From Superintendent Locantore Regarding Recent Community Events

In light of the recent tragedy that occurred in our community on Sunday, June 19th, today the following security measures were put in place:
All windows and doors were locked on the first floor of each school building.

Greeters opened and closed doors of each person entering and leaving a building.

A roving patrol stopped by each school periodically during the day to address any problems.

Gym classes and recess for the elementary schools (middle school and high school students were having final exams this week) were held indoors.
For any outside activity that occurred today at an elementary building, a security guard was there.

I also offered my assistance to the Superintendent of the South Country School District and any help we could possibly give.

These precautions will continue until the individual is apprehended.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of all of the victims. My hope is that they apprehend this individual quickly.

Jenn H. June 21, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Oh so figuratively speaking the kids are dying from heat instead of the actual threat of "dying" from some drugged up, ARMED low life! Rather be safe then sorry, no? Glad the school responds to things that happen around them.
Thomas Crescenzi June 22, 2011 at 12:36 AM
Have we lost all capability of rational thought in this country? Our educational system is a joke that continues to perpetuate its idiocy.
Lisa Pringle June 22, 2011 at 01:07 AM
There are always going to be those that disagree, its what makes the world go around. I was happy knowing the precaution was taken to keep my son safe from this man who is desperate, you NEVER know what will happen. Thank you Mr. Locantore.
Kathleen Rubinstein June 22, 2011 at 03:06 AM
I think you are missing the point of the increased security Richard Murray. The purpose of it is because schools are large public buildings that are easily accessible to anyone. Most of the time the doors are unlocked and there is a greeter there who would not be able to stop an armed intruder. Anyone can walk in and perform any act of violence if they chose to do so. Schools are very vunerable and children are involved. I say good for you Mr. Locantore. Thank you for protecting my children and all the children in this district as much as possible. I think he is a much needed and well liked replacement for the joke we had as our superintendent.
Seth Cirker June 27, 2011 at 03:35 PM
This might be a good fit - check out a new safety technology called SituCon (www.situcon.com) that schools around the country are deploying which also protects student and teacher privacy. It’s the best of both worlds – safety and privacy. This technology places “eyelids” over the cameras, so that they are only opened when needed. It also gives teachers wireless emergency buttons - If danger arises, with the push of one of these buttons emergency notifications are sent to school administrators and first responders, which detail who pressed the button and where they are in the building. At the same time, as the camera's eyelids open, live video of the situation can be viewed at dispatch centers and on smart phones. An article about it: http://thejournal.com/articles/2011/06/22/new-york-school-district-rolls-out-emergency-devices.aspx

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