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UPDATE: Superintendent Wants Added Security In Wake Of Conn. Shootings

Toms River Schools chief is seeking to improve security at the district's 18 schools.

After a massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Friday, Toms River Regional Schools Superintendent Frank Roselli said he is looking to bolster security at the district's 18 schools and would like a set of recommendations within two months.

"One of the things done during the weekend was to put the schools on high alert," Roselli said at Tuesday night's Toms River Regional Board of Education meeting.

shot his mother at their family home in Newtown, Conn. before killing 20 children and six staff members at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, reigniting a national debate about gun control. Lanza then killed himself, authorities said.

Toms River schools has had a "Super Safe School's Committee" after the  shootings in 1999 at Columbine High School in Colorado. Roselli said he is looking for a subcommittee within that group to develop short and long term goals to improve security.

Security officers patrol the grounds at schools and lockdowns are practiced monthly at the schools, Roselli said.

"Some of the recommendations may be procedural and some of the things we could end up recommending may cost money," Roselli said, noting that these matters should be raised before drawing up next year's school budget.

Roselli cited some of the security challenges associated this week with parents and family members attending school assemblies associated with the holidays.

Roselli said some of the meetings of this subcommittee, which could include law enforcement officials, will be public while others may be held privately before the recommendations are presented to the school board.

Some members of the community, who spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting, were critical of security at the schools, suggesting that some schools are lax about allowing people entry into the schools.  Roselli's comments were made earlier than the public portion of the meeting.

JD December 19, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Roselli speaking out of 2 sides of his mouth again... TRRS had a full-time person in charge of Security... they made it a part-time position this past summer!! June 19, 2012 meeting! see page 24 of new job description... no more than 10hrs/week. http://www.trschools.com/administration/docs/attachments/ATT20120619P.pdf
grace December 19, 2012 at 05:26 PM
is the super from central regional related to toms river roselli?
grace December 19, 2012 at 05:31 PM
of course there are! check who made a quick retirement after ritacco and start there...then fire all his family friends wives husbands etc who were hired because of them
grace December 19, 2012 at 05:40 PM
maybe its time to hire a real head of security for the school systems
kslocum December 19, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Maybe the school should spend some money on their emotionally disturbed classes and offer real counseling to the mentally ill students in the district. Special education in Toms River is a crisis waiting to happen.
chtulu2000 December 19, 2012 at 06:20 PM
I think a trained, armed, and vested officer would have had a better chance of stopping what happened than an unarmed principal, school pyschologist, teachers and kids.
chtulu2000 December 19, 2012 at 06:23 PM
I think a trained, amred, and vested police officer would have had a better chance of stopping this than a school principal, psychologist, teachers and little kids.
chtulu2000 December 19, 2012 at 06:30 PM
That's because the special education classes in TR (at the HS level, at least) are filled with kids too lazy to do work, so CST and their parents creates an IEP and puts them in there to pass. The really special ed kids don't have a chance.
chtulu2000 December 19, 2012 at 06:30 PM
That's because the special education classes in TR (at the HS level, at least) are filled with kids too lazy to do work, so CST and their parents creates an IEP and puts them in there to pass. The really special ed kids don't have a chance.
Barbara December 19, 2012 at 07:53 PM
If anyone is interested, Google Sgt. Pritchard Standing Guard at school in Nashville Tennessee. One man made a difference. That's all it takes.
jerseyswamps December 19, 2012 at 07:54 PM
A cop at the front door? OK. Lay off 2 or 3 newly hired teachers or an asst. principal per school. That should cover the cost. Safety first!
Barbara December 19, 2012 at 08:07 PM
If you are referring to Sgt. Pritchard. He is a retired Marine who decided to do this on his own. He is unarmed, but standing guard and keeping an eye out on the outside of the building. It is an option, where others still just want to have "conversations" about what to do. That is the political buzzword this week. We need to have meaningful conversations. Well, some can't wait, and want safety first, safety now.
Krtr December 19, 2012 at 10:05 PM
When a person applies for a gun permit they should have to provide information about who else resides at the same address, do a background check as well. Also, include information of how the gun is going to be stored, do they store in a gun safe. Hold them accountable for who has access to the guns. Require at least two reasons for owning the gun, self defense would be a given and another reason.
ed crowley December 20, 2012 at 02:07 AM
There already are people that are retired police that are part of security.
ed crowley December 20, 2012 at 02:13 AM
How will they guard the public space at the school. You can not stop a madman.
ed crowley December 20, 2012 at 02:16 AM
The Supt. and the Board could not protect the school from Ritacco . What gives you an idea that they could protect the school. I remember when a school bus was hijacked there were no changes made.
Barbara December 20, 2012 at 11:31 AM
I hope that maybe our input can give them some ideas, if they are incapable of trying to remedy this themselves. I understand there may security there in place already, but I am hoping that one can be used outside the building, and this way we can delay someone from trying to get in, and in turn get the lock down in place quicker. Plus, authorities can be alerted that someone is trying to get in, giving them a quicker response time. These, of course, are all ideas that someone may listen to, and hopefully use. Nothing is 100 % as we have learned, but hopefully any input will help.
JoCarole Fasciani Carpenter December 20, 2012 at 12:52 PM
What about bullet proof doors for each classroom, auditorium, cafeteria, etc which would essentially function as a "safe room"? Something similar to cockpit doors on airplanes perhaps? So many good comments here. I like the one regarding parents taking turns to volunteer. I also agree it doesn't make sense to spend money on security only to be lax on implementing basic security steps. Kind of like not turning on the 'security alarm at home' before a breakin. Also monthly security drills are necessary, just like fire drills. This is a different world today.
Juan Valdez December 20, 2012 at 02:02 PM
There actually was no breakdown here. School officials noticed a student acting strangely and called the police. The police investigated and charged him with the appropriate violations and was taken into custody. That is exactly how it is suppose to work.
grace December 20, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Krtr that is actually one of the best ideas ive read on this....
VoiceofReason December 20, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Its scary that you reproduced.
VoiceofReason December 20, 2012 at 03:55 PM
It's funny how none of the blame in any of this seems to be put on the parent and how the parent chooses to raise their kids. Parents are lazy. Especially young ones. No one takes the time to teach kids right from wrong, or respect, or the value of life. Parents are too wrapped up in their own social lives, especially divorced parents, single parents etc. to make the time and seriously TAKE the time to teach their children morals and values. Instead of dealing with their kids, they let them do what they want, give them anything they want, access to things they shouldn't have access to, and let the TV and computer babysit them. The problem isn't with the NRA. It's the fact that no one is teaching the younger generation how to be a stand up member of society.
Donna Griffin December 20, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Not in uniform though. The officers should be plain-clothes or else they will be the first targets of a shooter. What we fail to address is the culture we have morphed into in the last 2-3 decades. It is a culture that has cheapened the value of life, desensitized our youngsters to violence and praises abhorrent behavior in its music. Until we are honest with ourselves and the type of kids we are "raising," these acts will happen again and again.
Barbara December 21, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I would not want to see a person guarding the building in a uniform either. I also know that this has to be addressed quickly. We don't have to wait for bills or legislation, or "conversations" in Washington. Each school district needs to immediately address this vital security situation. Our children and teachers' lives are worth working quickly on this matter.
Maria December 22, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Photo 1 of 1 MARLBORO – Marlboro school and police officials announced Thursday that all township school will have armed officers present during school days starting in January. Patch is reporting that Board of Education President Michael Lilonsky said protocols for these officers will be written during the district’s winter break and will include input from police and school district administrators. Police Capt. Bart Lombardo told Patch that the department is also looking into the possibility of installing shatterproof glass windows in the schools and is considering hiring a third party vendor to conduct a district security assessment. According to Patch, Marlboro Township’s schools at the K-8 level are already equipped with a Visitor Management System, which scans identification and checks school visitors against the sex offender registry and school-created parent lists. And the schools also already have two school resource officers that float around the district’s three schools and volunteer PTO members that are stationed at front doors to check in visitors. "The tragedy last Friday changed the way we look at school security forever. … We are not yet equipped for a situation like Newtown," Hornik told Patch, adding that funding and decisions regarding school security are up to the Board of Education. "It's going to be expensive," he said. "But I think it's definitely worth paying."
Maria December 22, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Hey Barbara hopefully they would be smart enough to put a son clothes detective in the area or 2 ... I know it seems like a lot of money but look around we have a van that goes around with inmates cleaning up .... I'm not sure how other people feel about this but to see criminals that close cleaning up streets or staring out of the van makes me sick ! And they are near our children so to give them protection they deserve it ! Maybe u don't like uniforms I think that would be foolish to put them in uniform ... Some kids want cops in their schools . Ask them ! U may be suprised what they say
Maria December 22, 2012 at 11:52 PM
And voice of reason ! U are right ! Hos " daddy walked out" mommy busy at the bar and well as for other cases children having kids at 16 and it being cool doesn't help ! MTV glamorizing it doesn't help and welfare not cutting them off after the first 10 children doesn't either ! Parents depend on teachers teachers depend on parents and one parent in an inner city " well they can go to Jamesburg " for a while jail ! Yes they send their kids on the streets to sell drugs by 9 sometimes ! And that's the truth ! Divorce is so easy having a child does not require a certification Or a license yet an animal does ! Ha ! Unreal ! To all of you parents who invest time energy and money into your child thank u ! For those who don't .... They deserve to be sitting where ever their kid ends up perhaps jail hopefully dead
Maria December 22, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Plain clothes detectives on grounds at all times . If two is too expensive get a k9 ... And make sure that officer is qualified and certified in handeling juveniles last thing you need is a disgruntled cop that is too lazy to do their job ! Working with kids is not easy but most cops love it as a passion and if there's a cop out there that in their hearts to protect our children . But thorough interviews should be conducted last thing u want is the kids scared of a crusty cop that gives everyone else that works in the profession a bad mark ! So choose wisely !
Maria December 23, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Photo 1 of 1 HOWELL —Gunfire from hunters in the vicinity of an elementary school this morning alarmed school officials and parents who were dropping off their children, and sent local police rushing to the scene. No one was injured and Howell police determined the hunters adhered to the required distance from an occupied building for carrying a firearm, Griebling Elementary School principal Nancy Rupp said in the e-mail to parents. Rupp said police determined the gunfire came from hunters "who were in the fields behind the school. It was reported that they were within their legal limits for this activity," she said. She added that because of Friday’s school massacre in Newtown, Conn., "I requested that the police officers appeal to the hunters to please go elsewhere." Howell police did not respond to a call for comment. It is against state law to carry or fire a loaded firearm within 450 feet of an occupied building or school playground without written authoritization, according to the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife website. That distance is still too close for Brendan Davis, whose 7-year-old daughter, Marinn, attends Griebling, but was out sick today. Davis acknowledged the added unease following the school shooting in Newtown, which left 20 students and six adults dead. But he said after speaking today with fellow parents, many agree the law should be changed so hunters must be farther from school grounds. MORE MONMOUTH COUNTY NEWS
Maria December 23, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Guns do not kill people . people kill people ! I would almost gaurantee that 80 percent of all homicides in NJ have been illegal weapons if you don't believe me gather reports on illegal weapons in NJ ! Criminals that have guns do not apply for permits to purchase and register at the Local Pd only time they go there is to be locked up ! The law states that you can not carry or own if u are a " certain person" read up on that ! So u can't be crazy and u can't be a criminal ! Now ! All u let's get rid of Gun people have u ever shot a gun ? Educated yourself on handeling one ? If not try it out go to the range take a safety class ! Ur mind will change ! And people that are unarmed protecting the school ???? Um if a Gun is pointed at him or her ??!! Now what ???? Run call 911???? And what bleed out ? Use common sense ! And if you are a woman and are scared don't be ! Go to the range learn and shoot !

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