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Glen Cove School District Takes Measures To Improve School Safety

Connecticut tragedy sparks fear in community

On Monday morning, in the wake of a tragedy that left 20 schoolchildren and eight adults dead in Connecticut, parents and teachers returned to school with a new fear and new questions regarding what will be done to protect the children of this community from any type of copycat crimes. 

Faculty meetings were held at every school in the Glen Cove City School District. Superintendent Dr. Joseph A. Laria said in addition to providing instructions, the meetings also allowed staff the opportunity to vent and cry.

“Today we are dealing with the emotional aspects of fear, and making the children feel safe and secure,” said Laria. “Teachers must show quintessential professionalism by putting on their game faces even though their hearts are broken.”

As far as security measures go, Laria said that, in addition to making sure all front doors are locked, all classroom door locks in the schools have been checked to make sure they are working and in compliance with fire regulations. He said that all principals have been asked to look at their school safety plan and to implement and execute it accordingly.

Police training exercises will be held at Glen Cove High School during the upcoming Christmas break, and Laria said a meeting is scheduled in January with the mayor and police chief to reassess procedures. 

Assemblyman Charles Lavine said, “Appropriate precautions are being taken to ensure that our precious children are protected in the wake of this overwhelming and senseless act of wanton violence, cruelty and cowardice…I have long fought for rational measures of gun control and to keep high-capacity magazines and weapons out of the hands of those who should never be allowed to use them. I will continue to do so.”

Glen Cove School Board President Joel Sunshine said, “The tragedy that took place in Newtown, Connecticut has devastated people throughout the world. We, too, in Glen Cove are hugging our children and grandchildren even tighter, while searching for answers to this unspeakable crime.

“The board of education is making sure that our district is doing all it can to continue to secure our buildings and protect our children and employees. Meanwhile, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Newtown.”