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Police Presence Increased at Manalapan-Englishtown Schools

The Manalapan Police Department is elevating security of elementary schools in light of the Newtown tragedy.

The Manalapan Police Department has informed the Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District that police presence at district schools will be heightened in the wake of the .

A Manalapan Police officer will be present at each of the schools at the beginning of the day and at dismissal "to the extent that this is possible given the day-to-day responsibilities of the department", a statement issued by district Superintendent John Marciante said.

Police officers will also coordinate random walk throughs of each school every day and officers will drive through school parking lots from time to time while on duty.

Access to school buildings will continue to be monitored and only people with a legitimate purpose to be inside of the school will be allowed entrance, Marciante stipulated.

Manalapan Mom December 17, 2012 at 03:38 PM
As a parent, I would be comfortable with making the schools more like a fortress and Multiple Stage access doors. If you didn't call ahead, you don't get in. I realize that this would be a major expense! Any other ideas?
Doug Cohen December 17, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Every school should have some police presence.. If not an actual police officer, then they should at least have a full time (professional) security guard guard.. The buzzer system that they all use now is a joke... Let's face it, they will basically buzz anyone in!
suzana seferovic December 17, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I agree, there needs to be police presence at all schools! We live in a different world now! Everything has changed as of Friday, December 14th! We need to protect our children!
MJ December 17, 2012 at 06:40 PM
i think we need a security guard at each of the main entrance to all the schools all day long!
chris December 17, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Ideally, an SRO at each building would be appropriate, the next best thing would be to train staff and possibly arm the principal so everyone is prepared at a moments notice.
Leonard Vovk December 17, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Arming principals in schools? You can't be serious. How about a more sane approach, like making it illegal for civilians to have handguns and all kinds of semi-automatic weapons. If anyone is concerned about the Second Amendment, please research and understand it. It was never designed to allow possession of guns for personal protection. An immediate action can be to regulate all private sales of guns (which constitute 40% of all gun sales and do not require background checks).
Curious George December 17, 2012 at 09:27 PM
This country has a history of locking the barn door after the horses escape...How about making sure the kids take their shoes off before coming into the building to protect against another shoe bomber attack...This is crazy stuff. If you are so worried about school safety then shut the schools down and home school your kids...Don't let them on a school bus because there might be an accident. This fear demonstrates that the crazies are winning. If we really want to get tough, it's not just enough to eliminate the future sales of assault weapons but institute a buy back law in which the gov't must be able to buy back all the ones that are still in circulation...kind of like a weapons eminent domain...For the good and safety of the community it will be necessary to confiscate all those assault weapons that are currently owned by anyone...Yes, the extreme 2nd amendment wingnuts will probably object because they will say that it is the first step by the gov't to take away the public's right to defend themselves against the gov't...I've read their leaflets...They compare the US gov't. to Communist China, Somalia, the USSR, Nazi Germany and several other totalitarian gov'ts. who have killed hundreds of thousands and into the millions of their own citizens for protesting against the gov't. They compare the US to those countries as the pretext for owning as many heavy duty assault weapons as possible, for protection.That's the craziness that our politicians are afraid to confront.
manalapan resident December 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM
does the superinyendent know there are multiple entrances used in the high schools in the am that anyone could enter without being questioned before the 1st bell rings ? seems as though we are trying to deadbolt front doors but leaving the windows open so to speak. the CT tradgedy happened in part because a mentally challeged person was not only allowed to target practice but was also given access to weapons there is no amount of legislation that could avert such poor decision making on the part of a parent.
Curious George December 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM
BTW, there was a representative from this fringe 2nd amendment group who strongly believes we should arm ourselves against the gov't., on the Chris Matthews, "Hardball" program this evening. It's repeated at 7PM and might also be available on the MSNBC web site if you are interested....This is serious and frightening stuff.
Manalapan res December 18, 2012 at 02:58 AM
I agree with a lot of the comments and ideas up top. So why not make our voices heard at the board of Ed meeting tomorrow night? 7:30. This is a time for solutions. The schools need to be asked these questions. What's being done is not enough. The buzz ins are a joke.
SOG December 18, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Curious George, what next? Camps for those who don't toe the line? Your nanny state government is taking away your liberties one by one and you and your ilk are helping them. You want to take away my right to protect my family from harm? Right. Why not put a sign on your front door that says "come on in, we're defenseless, rob, rape and kill at your leisure." Like the old saying goes, "making gun ownership criminal will ensure that only criminals have guns."
Curious George December 18, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I don't think it's necessary to have a military type assault weapon to protect your family in your home. I have less of a problem with owning properly registered hand guns for that purpose. My main argument is against the idea that there are these extremist militias who are arming themselves against what they believe will be the gov't coming to take away all their liberties.
milton McC December 21, 2012 at 06:28 AM
Are you willing to have your taxes go up to pay for it? If so, how much would you like to the the increase be?
milton McC December 21, 2012 at 06:29 AM
The SRO has other duties in the school. They are not armed guards at the doors
milton McC December 21, 2012 at 06:41 AM
Leanard watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YY5Rj4cQ50
milton McC December 21, 2012 at 06:43 AM
It's called an illegal taking
milton McC December 21, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Why is it your business to decide how and by what means anyone should defend their family. Governments do takw away citizens rights. I am sure you have read about the following in midern times. Nazi Germany Soviert Union Communist China etc etc

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