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Security Guards to Patrol Pat-Med Elementary Schools Next Week

Superintendent Michael Locantore says a security guard will be at all district elementary schools next week in wake of Conn. shooting.

In the wake of the Friday's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 26 people, including 20 children, all elementary schools in the Patchogue-Medford School District will have a security guard in place on Monday, according to a call to parents from Superintendent Michael Locantore Friday evening. 

The guards will remain in place through next week, Locantore said. The district's middle schools and high school already have security guards. 

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families in Connecticut who are dealing with this unspeakable tragedy," Locantore said in the call. 

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aaron December 16, 2012 at 06:46 AM
All schools should have security gaurds funded by the government effective monday! To much money is spent keeping terrorists out of the U.S., but what about the ones already here? That was an act of terrorism.
Thomas McGonigle December 16, 2012 at 11:59 AM
What a waste of money and just another way to make kids afraid. Security guards...when I hear those words I am always thinking who will protect us from them... this reaction is pure delusion... Like dumb people who get their kids fingerprinted and foot printed by the cops in the hopes that they will be found if kidnapped or some such... Hey, but there are a lot of people who make a lot of money off of delusions...
annette kattau December 16, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I have mixed emotions about security guards. Lives will never be the same and god forbid there should be another one of these. We must all push for more stringent checks of peoples history and mostly gun control. Why does one need an automatic assult rifle why??
THE SOCIAL WORKER December 16, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Thanks for telling all the bad guys!!
Linda December 16, 2012 at 03:37 PM
First of all the security guards at the high school and middle school for the most part are useless. They are never around when they are needed and when a gun man comes through the door what the hell is a guy with a walkie talkie going to do!!!!! Also what is security guards in the elementary schools for a week going to do! And same concept. The district doesnt have armed gurard nor should they - that would create a danger all in its own. So if someone with a gun shows up these secuity guard are pointless and just a waist of money. Really come - its like the elderly greeter in the schools what is she going to do to stop anyone who pushes past her?????
christine rosenthal December 16, 2012 at 04:35 PM
A security guard for a week? why just a week? it should be all the time while school is in session. Better yet make that security guard a retired police officer or military. In addition to that the building has to be more secure. maybe bullet proof glass. you take these situations(as tragic as they are) and you learn from them. there will always be another nut job its just a matter of when and where they strike
Wayne D. December 16, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Security guards in schools ! Why not hire the vets coming home and may need work, they have more training on how to handle these things than any security guard would ever have, they can carry a side arm and wear a bullet proof vest if they want and dressed in street closes the kids would not notice as if they were in a uniform of some kind and don't tell anybody who the person is. Just a thought...
Kathleen Rubinstein December 16, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I agree that these security guards and greeters are useless to stop anyone who forcefully tries to enter a school building.They are not armed nor are they trained to handle a situation like that. I have gone to the schools with my ID in hand only to be told at times to go ahead in and no one has recorded my presence in the school. It is a very sad and dangerous world that we are living in when we have to have guards at the entrances in our schools. The security guards in the middle and high schools are there only to keep the kids in line not to stop intruders. AND they are only posted by the doors at the start and the end of the day. Who is watching the doors ( other than the main entrance) in the high school through out the day when you have kids leaving at different times? The doors by the gyms need to be guarded all day long. My daughter has told me more than once that she feels uncomfortable going down that hall to get to her art class because of these doors.
Gerald A. Tiernan December 16, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I live in their district. I'm a retired police officer with an armed guard license. I will be calling Monday to see if they are hiring. Hopefully more than a week.
Gerald A. Tiernan December 16, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I think having a security guard in the schools is a good idea. I live in the district. I'm a retired police officer with an armed guard license and I'm calling Monday.
Cheryl Deptola January 05, 2013 at 12:48 AM
i just want to let you know... they have the wrong guy !!!
Steve January 05, 2013 at 01:38 AM
And the day will come when an armed or unarmed "security guard" snaps and harms a child only for some lawyer to sue the school district for not properly training and conducting a proper mental evaluation. Sounds crazy but this is the age we live in. The age of ZERO accountability, panic and "searching for answers". I remember when knew our neighbors and everyone in the stores in our local communities. When there were no tip jars. When minimum wage was "opportunity", not a burden. While I'm glad they are taking measures to ensure the safety of our children, I find it sad how things have changed for the worse in our country.

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