Police, Town and School Officials Review School Safety

Beginning Dec. 21 until further notice there will be a police officer positioned in each Coventry school as a precaution.


In response to the tragic events in Newtown, Ct. last week, the Coventry School Department and Coventry Police Department have been involved in planning a response to a potential incident in our community. The initial steps of reviewing response plans and increasing police presence at our public schools began early in the week and culminated this afternoon with a meeting between town, school and police officials. 

A direct result of this meeting was the formation of a school safety committee comprised of school, police and fire officials tasked with identifying vulnerabilities within school facilities and response plans. The committee will provide workable remedies to identified issues. Committee meetings will commence as early as next week. 

Town Council President Gary Cote and Manager Tom Hoover were in attendance at the meeting and authorized the positioning of police personnel at each of the Town’s elementary schools beginning December 21st until further notice. This action will coincide with the presence of one school resource officer currently assigned to the Coventry High School and the pending installation of a resource officer at the Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School. An officer has also been made available to Father John V. Doyle School if they wish.

Marlena Meehan December 21, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Sad it had to get to this but we need our kids safe!
Leave RI December 21, 2012 at 03:08 AM
I get it
CLC December 21, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Thank you for putting our CHILDREN's safety first....Every school in RI should be on the same page! I told my children our school's were doing everything they can to make sure they are safe 100% of the time (not most of the time as suggested by our Commissioner) and this is a great start. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
michelle waleryszak December 21, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Sad world we live in but a great step in the right direction! The town of Coventry is putting childen first.As it should be maybe surrounding schools will do the same.
Barbara Rush December 21, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Thank you for making our elementary school children safe. Please go forward and do the same for our middle school children. As I see it now, the middle school is the only public school without a police or resource officer. We love these children too. Barbara Rush
Alicia December 21, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Thank you for keeping our children's safe!!
Luckycat December 21, 2012 at 03:30 PM
This is an absolute must! There are still further steps needed to be taken, such as metal detectors for all visitors entering the schools. I am a grandmother of children in the Coventry system and Mom to an Occupational Therapist there as well. I have on occasion had to pick up one of my grandchildren, have been buzzed in, but what would stop someone from having a hidden weapon? This is a great first step!
Joe December 21, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I would have to disagree with the suggestion of metal detectors. I graduated from Coventry in 2007. During my senior year, there was a policy implemented that forced students as well as administrators, facility and staff to wear 'lanyards'. For most of that year I refused to wear it. Talking with some of Vice Principals during the 2006-2007 year about this policy and how it supposed to 'make the school safer', they replied 'it makes it easier to recognize who was suppose to be here and who wasn't'. In social circles I noted that how was this supposed prevent a case of domestic terrorism. My thinking was, if a person was dead set on causing terrorism, the primary concern of the administrators would not be 'does he have a lanyard?' but 'He is an immediate threat to the students, the facility, staff, the administrators, and the property'. On that I would agree with Mrs. Mancinis' point about hidden weapons. A long term approach must include awareness. Most of us know what is normal in our neighborhoods, and can immediately recognize when something doesn't fit. The facility, staff, teachers, administrators, and even other students can take a proactive approach by recognizing non-normal actions (sans those with disabilities) and try to verbally engage them in a safe and secure setting. Constructive criticism of my thoughts strongly encouraged Joe
Jim Quinlan December 22, 2012 at 07:19 AM
My thanks go out to the town and school officials who made this happen. I hesitated to send my 5th grader to school today worrying about what "the end of the world nuts" might have tried despite my determination to not live in fear. This decision made the decision for me and I appreciate the Town looking out for our kids.
pvdpass December 22, 2012 at 11:22 AM
Your a bunch of tools!!! I doubt that middle aged police officers will have any impact at all on a deranged individual with an assault weapon. His high three will sure be boosted up though. How is our current unfunded pension going to absord this? Have you thought about this Cote? Hoover?
mad hatter December 22, 2012 at 04:24 PM
pvdpass, what a foolish statement. im middle aged and if you pit me against a psycho with an assault weapon and give me a revolver, i guarantee you i will come out on top. now, how to fund it? i would rather have police presence at schools than street sweeping. drop one to pick up another. done!
Realistic voter December 23, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Hatter you are a legend in your own mind, You really think you would be that calm to squeeze off rounds when someone is bearing down on you with an assault weapon?? Dude get over yourself...You must not have ever fired a weapon under pressure!!!
mad hatter December 23, 2012 at 04:29 PM
i stand by my comment. i think it takes a lot of balls to say that a veteran police officer would have zero impact if some teenie bopper with AR15 started spraying rounds. a 30 round clip would be spent in about 15 seconds. the shooter would be spent 2 seconds after that.
toni burdick December 23, 2012 at 10:25 PM
where my children are concerned that's 17 seconds too late....just saying...
Realistic voter December 24, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Again another flawed comment, This "Teenie bopper was well versed in firing that Assault rifle. I can tell you from owning and shooting guns my whole life he was not "spraying" those bullets... Sadly he had a pretty good aim. Columbine had an armed guard at the School who exchanged fire and it didn't help.
Pat December 24, 2012 at 03:21 PM
We don't need police officers standing around watching the traffic, or while the Narragansett Electric trucks are working on the wires. So take those police officers and put them in the schools instead. Both jobs are overtime pay for the police, so we won't be spending more money. Why haven't they thought of this?
Pat December 24, 2012 at 03:23 PM
And it's exactly this type of person whose children are going to grow up as neurotic, paranoid individuals.
Pat December 24, 2012 at 03:24 PM
We don't need police officers standing around watching the traffic, or while the Narragansett Electric trucks are working on the wires. So take those police officers and put them in the schools instead. Both jobs are overtime pay for the police, so we won't be spending more money. Why haven't they thought of this?
Realistic voter December 24, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Because those details are paid by the company who hired the them ( National grid, D'Ambra Etc..) not the town.
Realistic voter December 24, 2012 at 04:26 PM
"4 Firefighters Shot, 2 Killed At Webster, New York Fire Scene". Another Tragedy!!! When will it end??
Leave RI December 24, 2012 at 10:05 PM
yes..the guy also killed his Grandmother in 1980..the firefighters could have been saved by a needle, some extra electricity, or some romantic potassium cyanide wafting by this idiots nose..back in 1980..now New York State, explain this to the FF family.
dohn joe December 26, 2012 at 03:15 PM
No need for guns or police to be at the schools. All you need is to be buzzed in. listen to yourselves thinking about it as if it already happened here in coventry. If someone wanted to harm the children, then they will regardless of what securities you put in place. Whats stopping a gunman from shooting while the kids are waiting outside for their bus? Stop listening to the media. They are the worst and just make your minds explode with bad thoughts. Guns are going to stay because we need security in our homes due to parents not being good parents as their children grow up, or dont get their child mental help services when needed. Its not guns thats the problem, its todays society. Im 42 years old and i have never seen this type of violence as i was growing up.Something made these people change as the years went by, and it seems like we need to look at what went wrong. If its government, then we need to step up. As i see it, this world is getting worse by the day with killings and stabbings and i dont see any end in sight.We dont need any more money going into overtime to have police or armed guards at the schools. In the long run the school would have to close down to pay for an armed guard.In new york there were police there, but firefighters still got killed. Police presence is not the answer, but it would help a little if instead of the police hanging out in back parking lots, that they could be hanging out on school property.
dohn joe December 26, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I see it as it all went wrong when DCYF made it illegal to give our children a good whoopin when they did wrong. Todays society has no repercussions. Today the children run the parents because the parents are afraid to reprimand their children. I SAY LET THE ASS WHOOPINGS START AGAIN. after all, our parents werent wrong for belting us, it merely taught us respect.
eye in the sky December 26, 2012 at 04:14 PM
What are you Norman Bates? The beatings had a big affect on you...Get help!!
dohn joe December 26, 2012 at 05:00 PM
people like you eye, are the reason for this due to your lack of thinking. Did we have any of this happen back thirty years ago? No because we were taught respect.I cant speak for all, but it taught me to respect others and to know what is right and wrong.
Jennifer Gould December 27, 2012 at 08:00 PM
If they can make people on planes safer by metal detectors, removing their shoes, etc.....do it. Most of the people on here who aren't parents just don't understand the peace of mind it brings to parents to know steps are being taken to prevent another situation like what happened in CT.
Jennifer Gould December 27, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I'm curious to know why they only have police stationed at Elementary Schools in Coventry tho. As Barbara Rush said, they need to have them at the Middle School as well.
dohn joe January 02, 2013 at 03:24 PM
The more people talk about it, the more some deranged person is sitting at home reading and watching this stuff and plan on their next move.


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