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Natick Schools to Lock, Staff Front Doors Following CT Tragedy

The front door at all eight Natick Public Schools will be locked and staffed beginning Monday after a mass shooting took place at a Connecticut elementary school Friday.

NATICK, MA -- Dr. Peter Sanchioni, superintendent of the Natick Public Schools, sent out an email to all parents at about 2:45 p.m. Friday notifying them that, beginning Monday the front door of all schools will be locked and staffed throughout the day.

This decision came after a T, that left 26 dead this morning.

"We are deeply saddened by the events that have taken place today in Newtown, CT.," Sanchioni wrote in his email. "Know that we have in place strong security systems in all eight of our schools. Our administration is well versed in handling lock down and crisis situations."

In addition to adding the extra security of a locked and staffed front door and letting parents know that administrators do have training in how to deal with crisis situations, Sanchioni also compassionately acknowledged how mentally and emotionally difficult the tragedy in Connecticut and the changes in security in Natick could be for some students.

"We realize how upsetting this is going to be for many of our students, and we look to the parents and guardians to help them with care and understanding this weekend," Sanchioni wrote in the email.

"If any child needs assistance," Sanchioni continued, "please contact any one of our principals first thing Monday morning. Our School Resource Officer, Elizabeth Heffler, is also available to assist you. She can be reached at 781-913-9375."

Joy Henders December 15, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Good idea for all schools, that have a front door that can be locked shut. Teachers are trained well, and thank God for them. I still think with the mentally ill that are running around unnoticed, a security guard at all schools would be a great deterrent for future events that have occured in Ct.
Fred December 15, 2012 at 07:36 PM
A pretty dumb response to a terrible loss. This kid would have knocked at the locked front door and the person on duty at the door, (You know, the minimum wage, office clerk) would have asked him what he wanted. He'd reply that he needed to talk to his mom. They'd have let him in. His mom worked there and they probably knew him. Hard as it is to accept, we cannot lock ourselves away in fear of each other. Terrible things like this happen. They've always happened, but now the whole country knows about it immediately via the news media and the Internet. It's no different now than it was 50,100 or 200 years ago. Accept the inevitable as the terrible tragedy that it is and move on.
Richard Poulton December 15, 2012 at 07:39 PM
I'm sorry, but how is this going to stop what just happened? The doors at the school were locked. The shooter just shot thru the glass and walked in. So what do we do now, have bullit proof glass installed at every door and window in every school? Just saying. Want to protect your kids in school, have off-duty armed police officers maintaining a patrol at main doors, then pass thru scanners like at an airport. Sounds good but who wants to have taxes raised for such protection?
Maria Henderson December 15, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Unless the law only allows guns to soilders and law enforcement agents, I believe right now in order to protect "ours" each school, etc.. has to take actions on their own such as this school is starting to do. I would like to see it on a much larger scale with the governments taking control to eliminate guns to all except above (sentence #1). If this youth did not have access to a gun, this would not have happened. Perhaps this mentally challenged person might have made a bomb but I am sure someone could have kicked his ass before he set it off. Guns were only made for one reason, and that reason is "to kill!" Next time it could be your loved one. Congress do the right thing. Screw the Gun agencies, etc.. and step in an protect the people of the United States. Change the gun laws!
John Wilson December 15, 2012 at 07:56 PM
With all of the past violence in our schools why did they not have locked doors. Unfortunately this will not prevent someone from getting in if they entered during normal school starts or ends, but at least it would prevent unauthorized entry during school hours.
lowertaxes December 15, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Why are they just locking the doors now? In my town the front doors of all the schools are always locked and people have to be buzzed in.
Leo Gonzalez December 15, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Hope it works, remember that locking doors specially the front door can be a fire hazard. God bless all the children and adults that were murdered and my heartfelt condolonces to the parents and relatives. I have to cried a lot, because my 29 years old son was also murdered almost 9 years ago by a decrepit that allegedely was not taking his medications. It is a horrible feeling and tremendous sadness that no matter what you try, it will never go away. To all of you hang in there very strong.
Tim R December 15, 2012 at 08:41 PM
This is like slamming and locking the barn door after the proverbial horse has escaped, Why haven't all schools done this since Columbine massacre in 1999 along with metal detectors? A sad situation made worse by denial that schools really need to lock all doors, staff the main ones with manned security and install metal detectors at those same doors.
fit4ufor3rd December 15, 2012 at 08:47 PM
oh man, i see bad things happening if someone doesnt man their post and there is a fire or emergency
krktoday December 15, 2012 at 09:04 PM
my sons elementary school will no longer allow parents back in the class rooms not even when they bring cupcakes for the class because it is their childs birthday. You have to leave them at the desk and someone there will take them back. At first this was annoying but I have since changed my mind and agree with the policy.
Sharon L December 15, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Guns don't kill - people kill! What about the crossbow used in a school killing? Take all crossbows away? What about drunk drivers killing? Take away all cars? What is needed is more background checks on people buying guns and ammo. You can't just take away everything that kills - it is the people that kill.
Maria Henderson December 15, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Next step: Having your child home schooled!!
Dennis Karoleski December 15, 2012 at 09:39 PM
The other approximately 80 million gun owners in America would probably disagree with you. Studies have shown there are at least 4,000 cases each day where the mere presence of a firearm prevented a crime against the owner. Your mainstream media refuses to report them because it refutes their liberal bias against and loathing of firearms. Of course the good people of the media also suffer from their other sick credo; no blood, no headline. Good idea to restrict access to the mentally challenged but this monster shot his mother and stole her firearms.
Maria Henderson December 15, 2012 at 10:02 PM
One can't kill if he/she does not have a gun. I guess they will resort to knives, telephone cords, etc... All I am saying is if there are not any guns allowed/permitted to regular individuals other than law enforcement, there would be less or no more gun shootings. Take away food from someone they will starve. Take away guns the crime rate would at least go down. My opinion, your opinion -- who has the right answer?????
Maria Henderson December 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Yes, I agree with you that strict rules letting people in should be continued and more needs to be done as well.
Collin Madden December 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Eliminating all guns (which would be impossible) is not the answer. Ther's a common thread with the nuts....and that's they all were known to be mentally unstable/deranged, but society can't do anything with them...lest we deny them their 'civil rights'. We lock up criminals...they've commited crime...maybe we could try getting them before they commit the crime! Also,if one or two staff members at that school had be armed they could have mitigated the damage done.
Dan Lond December 15, 2012 at 10:06 PM
So how exactly do you convince criminals/ people who want to cause harm to other people to turn over their stolen/ unregistered guns? Just curious... taking them from lawful citizen would make things better how? Do you know how many unregistered or stolen guns are out there? I don't but I am sure you would cringe at the number. Lets focus on the mentally ill and noticing the signs of trouble youth. Instead of as a society turning our head and thinking it is someone else's problem. I agree in a perfect world with rainbows and unicorns taking all the guns away is a great idea but we don't live there.
Kevin Pratt December 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Why not all schools just have one or two Police people in them? Some schools do have them now they are called "RSO's". (resource officer's) They do carry gun's. They (RSO's) also talk with troubled kids. (the kids that are leaning to a life of crime) Too try to get them going in the right dicection. (not a life of crime)
Dennis Karoleski December 15, 2012 at 10:16 PM
These monsters are cowards who seek out the helpless and unarmed to attack. All gun-free zones accomplish is to make their deranged fantasies easily accomplishable. Go ahead; enact your ridicules laws and put up your useless “gun-free zone” decals. Do you actually believe they are a deterrent to a monster bent on murder? They simply make the unarmed and totally helpless victims easier for the monsters to find. Given a steady diet of gore drenched movie, TV, video game and comic book zombie slaughter is it any wonder a very few become mentally confused. These individuals, with no morel bearing to guide them, finally merge reality with fantasy and act out that they have been conditioned to do by all the simulation they have been exposed to. Have we still not been shocked out of our denial? Even after the movie theater massacre by the monster dressed as his fantasy hero?
Dennis Karoleski December 15, 2012 at 10:17 PM
An even bigger problem may be the politically correct liberals who have infested our educational system and who appear almost incapable of learning from hard experience when weapons are involved. Those of us with a memory for history remember when he Israelis had this same problem with Muslim terrorists targeting their schools and murdering their children. We need to face reality and realize that barricading them is irrational as that just provides the monsters with a more concentrated soft target. The immediate and hopefully not permanent solution is to train and arm those few responsible and capable teachers and school administrators. Those teachers and school administrators who refuse or are incapable of acquiring the skill set necessary to protect our children should be released of any responsibility for doing so. The alternative is to sit back with our irrational firearm prejudices and wait for the next massacre.
Kevin Pratt December 15, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Maria, I think that's a bad idea, because they are some kids that are Home Schooled to cover up Abuse. Atleast if kids go to a school teachers/staff can find the sign's of Abuse and help the kid. I think Home Schooling should be illegal, because when kids don't go to a school, 8 times out of 10 it's b/c of Abuse. (could be 6/10) They also miss out of the Social part of school. I am just saying.
Bob Yormick December 15, 2012 at 10:30 PM
And when Tim McVay wanted to vent his fury on whoever he wanted to harm in the Oklahoma City tragedy, he didn't use a gun. Just as the Islamist terrorists do so many times. they blow themselves & all who are around them up. It's unfortunate that only AFTER a tragedy like this, do we start to talk about all the things that were known about a person like this or those who have committed these deeds. They were loners, or had some mental illness, in some cases had spoken about what they were going to do, or posted it on some social media site. But so many average people want to be "PC " or not become involved in any way, shape or form. Guns ARE used by the agencies you speak of "to protect the people of the USA", but you may never be able to read someones mind if their intent is to harm or kill, & they usually find a way to do it, even if it doesn't involve a gun.
Kevin Pratt December 15, 2012 at 10:37 PM
I have a Question: "Have schools not been locking all door's, but for one that goes to the Front Office? I believe in Minnesota schools have been looking all the door's for some years now, (atleast 15-20 yrs now)because a Girl (13 yrs old) was raped in a Girl's Locker Room while class were going on, by a guy off the street. She was in there because she got her first monthly. (shower and change cloths) It was in a Junior high school that I when too back in the 1970's. (the rape happened in the mid- 1990's) Do we have to build our schools like a Jail to keep our kids safe?
Dennis Karoleski December 15, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Making schools into forts is not the answer. Banning guns is not the answer. Restricting magazine capacity is another ridicules attempt at a solution. Stop for a moment and imagine what a run of the mill shotgun loaded with buckshot would have done. I understand he was a gamer so I suppose it’s a good thing he wasn’t into sward and sorcery games and attacked with a sword. Maybe some of the problem lies with the politically correct removal of any morel guidelines combined with the media sensationalism of so many incredibly violent blood and guts zombie blasting training films and games. For someone of normal morels and mental capabilities they are just exciting games but for an unstable individual they may just become training films.
Bob Canning May 29, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Maria, it sounds like you are willing to live in a police controlled environment. I am not. You, nor ANY gov't will NEVER, remove guns from criminals. The only thing that stops a bad person with a gun, is a good person with a gun. I would like to send you articles of several instances where a gun saved the lives of women and children who were at home alone with NO police available, while repeat offender felons roam free, armed. I respect your right to remain unarmed, (despite the utter foolishness of that status), I demand that you, in turn respect MY right, to be armed. I offer you a free NRA Basic Pistol Course, taught by me. Contact me and allow me to educate you away from the media pollution regarding firearms.
Bob Canning May 29, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Free NRA Basic Pistol Course~ bocan3@aol.com

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