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Portsmouth Schools To Spend $8,000 on Security

In response to the Newtown, CT, shooting, the Portsmouth School District is taking steps to increase security.

The Portsmouth School District will spend $8,000 to increase security at schools following the shooting in Newtown, CT, reported The Providence Journal on Thursday. 

The school district will purchase new ID badges for employees and make improvements to intercom systems, according to The Journal. 

The steps are being taken in response to the shooting in Newtown, CT, which is being considered the worst school shooting in recent U.S. history. 

Portsmouth schools are also flying green flags in memory of the Newtown, CT, victims. 

What do you think about the security steps being taken by the school district? Should more be done? Tell us in the comment section below. 

pinta1 January 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM
I spoke with my grammar school principal from 50 years ago. She says that the principal, a janitor or a group of teachers should have weapons training and be armed in ALL schools. No need to spend extra dollars on outside security which doesn't do much good, i.e., Columbine. If the kids DO NOT know who is armed this will be more of a deterrent to any one inside the school who would contemplate shooting. We need to be more aggressive about identifying those students who are alienated, bullied, and have mental heath issues and get them counseling.
Former Ports resident January 11, 2013 at 01:45 PM
The lunch ladies are packing heat! Most crimes occur in the cafeteria since you can get the largest crowds.
Portsmouthproud January 11, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Hate to be the one to burst everyone's bubble but when you pick up kids from the middle school when they stay late you don't have to sign them out or show I'd. They just walk right put to you and you leave. No security at all . And during the day you can walk in the front door at anytime with no buzzing in or anything. Doors are unlocked.
2therightinri January 12, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Your comments and concerns might better serve the children of this town if they were brought to the attention of administration rather than a public post noting the specific vulnerabilities of our middle school.
getreal January 12, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Sad to say but, they know this and have known this for a few years and feel what they have is good enough. On a public venue may get better results if enough parents voice concern, more needs to be done than this current 8,000 fix but it is a good start

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