Tuesday, January 8, 2013
District considers adding security and guidance personnel, making facility improvements and altering procedures following Newtown shootings.
The School District of the Chathams is considering an array of measures to strengthen security at its schools following the Dec. 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Superintendent Michael LaSusa said during the board of education’s Monday meeting. Among the measures mentioned by the superintendent were adding security and guidance personnel, making facility improvements and altering security procedures. “We’ll take whatever precautions are reasonable and effective to try and strengthen the security of our buildings,” LaSusa said. Increasing Staffing The superintendent explained the functional responsibilities of a lot of the security systems that had been put into place over time in Chatham schools had fallen …
Friday, December 21, 2012
School districts in the region respond to Connecticut massacre by reviewing safety procedures.
At 9:30 a.m. Friday, 26 bells were rung, one each for the lives taken in the hallways and classrooms of Sandy Hook Elementary School during the Dec. 14 shooting in Newtown, Conn. The Friday before Christmas, typically a day reserved for holiday parties and cheer, marked a week since what has been labeled the second deadliest school shooting in America. Just days and even hours after the shooting, school districts in Morris and Somerset counties sprung into action, developing plans to communicate with parents and reaching out to police officers about how to make schools more safe. "Right now, the crucial thing for school boards to do is to look at the security procedures in place," said Frank Belluscio, communications director for the New …
Monday, December 17, 2012
U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg will ask Congress to approve a ban on ammunition magazines of more than 10 rounds. Do you agree with his proposed bill?
Monday, December 17, 2012
In the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) announced plans to reintroduce high-capacity magazine ban legislation in the 113th Congress. Lautenberg’s bill, the Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, would prohibit the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines with a capacity of more than 10 rounds. It also would ban ammunition magazines that could be readily converted to accept more than 10 rounds. “In light of yet another horrific shooting tragedy, it is clearer than ever that there is no place in our communities for deadly high-capacity gun magazines and I will keep working to pass my bill to reinstate the ban on them,” Lautenberg said in a statement. “If we don't pass a high-capacity …