- Published on Wednesday, 19 December 2012 22:34
- Written by Super User
Following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, law enforcement and school officials are taking steps to inspect security at area schools. On Tuesday December 18, a Carolina Beach Police vehicle parked in front of Carolina Beach Elementary School while Sheriff's Deputies check security at the school.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - In the wake of the Friday December 14, shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut resulting in the deaths of twenty students and six staff members, New Hanover County Schools are taking additional steps to ensure security at area schools.
On Tuesday December 18, a Carolina Beach Police vehicle was parked in front of Carolina Beach Elementary School. Inside, New Hanover County Sheriff's deputies were inspecting security in the school that serves around 450 students.
According to New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley in a letter to parents and school staff, "We extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences to all of the families involved in the Newtown tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with them. In the meantime, we will remain diligent in providing security and protection here in the New Hanover County Schools."
Markley explained, "I believe it is important for us to come together as a community in the aftermath of the horrific tragedy that occurred last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. This is a difficult time for us all and especially for parents with school-age children. When something like this occurs, it is understandable that we would have concerns. I have included a link with some information which you may find beneficial from the National Association of School Psychologists about helping children cope. http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/CaregiverTips.pdf"
He explained the safety of all students in New Hanover County Schools, "is and always will be our first priority. As we prepare for this final week before the winter holiday break, we have reviewed and increased our safety plans."
The following is a list of precautionary measures they are taking:
1. All high schools and middle schools have Sheriff's Resource Officers (SROs) on duty.
2. They are working closely with the Wilmington, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, and Kure Beach Police Departments, as well as the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office. They will increase patrols around elementary schools.
3. Central Office administrators will be at schools during the week to provide additional support.
4. If students need additional counseling, a team of counselors and social workers are ready to support and assist them.
5. All schools are reviewing their safety procedures including lock down and check-in procedures. Each of the schools has a safety plan and participates in regular lock down drills.
Markley explained, "NHCS Safety Officer David Spencer and law enforcement assist with the drills and work with the schools to improve the process."
Adam Lanza's shooting spree started at home when he shot and killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, before proceeding to the school.
On Monday, funerals began for the victims.
Lanza had a Bushmaster AR 15 rifle and two handguns. A shotgun was reported found in his vehicle. He attended the same school years ago.
Tuesday December 18, Carolina Beach Police Chief Kurt Bartley said, "We have been in contact with the sheriff and the school board and the principal" at Carolina Beach
Elementary. He said, "We are helping with security at the school for this week. We are in and out of the schools all day long."