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Lynbrook, Malverne Assure Parents of Security Plans After School Shooting [Updated]

School districts release statements after mass shooter in Connecticut kills 26 children and adults.

School districts across the region are responding to the shooting tragedy in a Connecticut Elementary school with assurances that emergency preparations are in place and up to date.

The sad and shocking news spurred Lynbrook Schools Interim Superintendent Melissa Burak to release the following statement Friday, hoping to bring some comfort to the community in the wake of this senseless act.

"I would like to take a moment to express our deepest sadness for everyone suffering in Newtown, CT during this most difficult time.  I want to also let our community know that our schools have detailed safety plans and practice them regularly. We review our lockdown and lockout procedures and practice them so in the event we might unfortunately need to implement them, our students and staff will know how to react accordingly.  Safety is and has always been a priority for our students.  We will continue to review our plans and procedures and work in close contact with our local police authorities."

The Malverne School District will be conducting lock down and lock out drills this week at all its schools, according to a spokeswoman for the district. School officials have also been in touch with the Malverne Police Department, which accepted the district's invitation to conduct another round of active shooter drills in its buildings. School officials also released the following statement Saturday:

By now, we have all heard the news of the tragedy that occurred at the Elementary School in Connecticut and we all mourn the loss of life. Please know that we are in a heightened security posture and are ever vigilante to protect precious life. Please also know that we regularly exercise our security and safety plans with drills conducted throughout the school year in all of our schools. 

For those who would like assistance in discussing this incident with their children please refer to these guidelines from The National Association of School Psychologists titled, "Talking Tips about Violence: A Guide for Parents and Teachers." (Click here to view the document.) There was also a helpful article posted on the New York Times Web site (Click here to read it.) 

Please take the time to help your children appropriately process any information they may have heard ..  Also, please feel free to contact your building principals for additional assistance. 

 

This story was updated on Dec. 17 at 9:55 a.m.

Irene Alter December 15, 2012 at 06:28 PM
This school had a security plan in place also. The only thing that would have stopped this shooter was someone in the school who had access to a gun, either a security guard or the principal herself. This is the reality of the world we live in. To view it any other way is living in utopia.
S.M. December 15, 2012 at 06:54 PM
At least one Police Officer in every school is the way to go on this. Sad but true and practical. You cannot put a price tag on our children's safety, especially in school. God Bless those innocent victims.
suzanne December 15, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Schools are not fortresses--nor should they be. Placing armed guards in schools does not address the myriad issues that led up to this horrible tragedy. First, there is NO logical reason why anyone, other than law enforcement professionals, need to own high powered assault weapons. So let's start there, by banning these killing machines. At least we will have a chance to interrupt an unbalanced person hell-bent on destruction before they murder such large numbers of people. Next, we need to take a long hard look at how we view mental illness in this country. Let's take just 1% of all entertainment profits and direct it toward treatment for people with mental illness and support for their families. The entertainers/atheletes/franchises won't miss it. And while we're at it, let's examine ourselves and the quality of our interactions with others to try to remove any and all references to violence and put-downs (even inadvertent ones). Maybe if more people showed this disturbed young man more care and concern as he grew up, someone would've noticed how seriously disturbed he was. There is just so much wrong with our society. And those poor kids, teachers and their families are paying the price. This is ALL of our responsibility to fix.
Christine Fennes December 15, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Well said, Irene. Unfortunately there will be those with their agenda who will focus on their "utopia" (see suzanne) and ignore the true issue--dealing with the mentally ill and sometimes evil that lives in our society. Unarming those who are the last stand against evil and those who don't follow the rules is not the answer. 9 out of 10 of these tragedies end with friends and relatives and acquaintances of the shooter saying " I'm not surprised" "Knew it was him when I heard of the shooting" etc. Then why was nothing done before the tragedy. While we are all crying for the loss of "safety" for those we felt safest and most innocent, we must understand that when these sick individuals want to destroy they will. Their tools will just change (or maybe not- this is one of the few that used guns that were actually acquired legally). The focus should be on the why and how can we attempt to stop it before the tragedy. Unfortunately true evil will never be stopped, but maybe lessened.
Irene Alter December 15, 2012 at 09:18 PM
In the recent past there has been an increase of these totally insane instances where innocents have been killed. It has become almost impossible to commit to mental institutions those who can be harmful to themselves and society. Since that is the case, no matter how much whining and complaining we do, the bottom line is having armed security wherever it is needed or having certified people in workplaces and malls and schools who can immediately take down the psychopaths who decide to end their lives in a blaze of glory taking others with them. We have stringent gun laws here on Long Island. We don't need more of that.. Perhaps schools can start with arming the custodians who are naturally in charge of making sure their buildings are safe and secure.
JanSuzanne December 15, 2012 at 09:43 PM
In Israel, teachers and parents who serve as school aids are armed with semi-automatic firearms whenever they are on school grounds. Since the country adopted this policy in the 1970s, attacks by gunmen at Israeli schools have become non-existent. This is how the US needs to face the realities of today and take a lesson from the country most experienced and successful at stopping terrorist.
me December 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM
This is just a suggestion--The schools should have metal detectors with security guards by them--anyone entering the school building including Principals-teachers -lunch aids --parents etc have to pass thru. If school bags have to be made without metal in it or lunch bags I am sure some can come up with a product which would also give people jobs. I wouldnt mind for the safety of my kids plus I wouldnt even mind them having to be in school a little earlier to make sure all kids pass thru the metal detectors--this is how it is now and thats that!
Tom Nathan December 16, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Burak has her head in the sand yet again if she thinks her lockdown policies wuld have prevented this
Very Concerned Parent December 16, 2012 at 04:14 PM
So what will be done to protect our children in our schools? In my school when kindergartners need to go to main office or nurse they have to walk the hallways with another 5 year old because the budget doesn't allow to have monitors. Door are locked from the outside to enter but that's not 100% secure because there are no monitors at these doors and someone unauthorized can easily come in. I've taken my concern to the main office and their response is "we'll, that has never happened here". I haven't been able to sleep well all weekend with the worry of sending my 5 year old to school tomorrow morning. I hope the schools look and consider on changing their procedures to have children safe.
STUART KAUFMAN December 16, 2012 at 06:33 PM
In Israel, teachers and parents who serve as school aids are armed with semi-automatic firearms whenever they are on school grounds. Since the country adopted this policy in the 1970s, attacks by gunmen at Israeli schools have become non-existent.
Rilog December 17, 2012 at 04:03 AM
It is not practical to have an officer at every entrance, guarding every window or watching and protecting all outdoor activities including dropoff, pickup and recess. It just isn't possible. We can't be afraid to live our lives or put irrational fear into our children. Be strong for them.
Andrew Anderson December 17, 2012 at 06:59 AM
The way to protect fully has never been dicovered; however; if you set a good policy for safety, and adhere to it at all times, no exceptions, you will most likely never fall victim to someone gaining entry to your school withou.The trick is tMake it clear what you want to accomplish and o never deviate from set policies involving persons entering or notifications. Make it clear what you wish to accomplish before having a meeting, assign people to research different approches to school safety.
Tom Nathan December 17, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Burak realy has no clue what is going on if she things these plans would be of any help. The schools let it anyone and there is no check. Now its even worse as kids come home from college and visit and teachers have their kids come in all the time. This open door policy has to stop. All these people dont belong there ans time to say they cant come in. Too many people are wandering around the grammar schools who dont need to be there.
Concerned Resident December 18, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Don't think right now is a good time to have police running around buildings during lock downs and lockouts. These drills have been done this year. I think the students and staff are traumatized enough. Maybe on the spring.

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