Yorktown Police Step Up Presence at Schools

After the shootings in Newtown, CT, police add extra security to ensure the safety of its residents.

A Yorktown police officer will be posted at all elementary schools within the Lakeland and Yorktown school districts at arrival and dismissal times for the next several days as a safety precaution, police said. 

The move is a reaction to Friday's shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults.

Yorktown police has a school resource officer at Lakeland High School and Yorktown High School, as well as the middle schools.  

"We will also have one officer assigned to each school district to randomly stop in  at each elementary school throughout the day," Yorktown Lt. Robert Noble told Patch. "Sector patrols will also make frequent checks of all elementary schools throughout the school day."

Police also added extra security on Friday in reaction to the tragic shootings in nearby Newtown, CT.

In a letter sent to parents, Yorktown Central School District Superintendent Ralph Napolitano said flags at Yorktown schools will fly at half-mast on Monday. Students and staff will pause for a moment of silence.

"We will continue to do everything we can to ensure that our schools are the safe havens we intend them to be," Napolitano wrote. "We will remain steadfast in continuing our very important work: the physical and emotional well-being of the children, their character, social and moral development, their ability to do and say the right things as contributing members of their community and of course subject knowledge, skills, and understanding. A civil and safe world is counting on its parents and educators."

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John fiveo December 17, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Thats all good but this gunman didnt do this at arrival or dismissal. unless the school districts budget for police or security at each school for the full day they will remain vulnerable
Chris Carolan December 17, 2012 at 09:00 PM
It's time to put MULTIPLE officers in each school... It's the only true deterrent to keep whack jobs from attacking schools. It will make them think twice.
Tiffany C December 18, 2012 at 12:16 AM
As a parent of 2 children in the Lakeland School District, I was actually quite happy to see a police officer at their school this morning. However, hearing that they will only be there at arrival and dismissal is a little disconcerting. Several other parents, along with myself, all feel that our school's personnel should have someone on site who is properly trained in the use of a fire arm and has a conceal and carry permit. Having staff in the school with the ability to protect our children further, if the need should arise, would be a smart thing to do. Our teachers love our children, and as you can see by the horrible tragedy in Newton, CT, those teachers would do anything to protect their students. Knowing that, I think they should step it up and do whatever it takes to deter these crazy people from harming our children. I would feel much more at ease knowing that there is someone at the school at all times that would able to stop a tragedy before it starts. Having a police officer there at a time when a gunman is least likely to show up, doesn't make me feel safer at all.


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