Glen Cove Schools to Host Police Emergency Training

District principals directed to review all emergency plans, use all resources to deal with psychological impact after Conn. school shooting.

Glen Cove School District superintendent Joseph Laria reacted Friday to news of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., directing principals to review their schools' emergency plans and announcing that police training exercises will be held at Glen Cove High School during the Christmas break.

Laria said all principals have been asked to use any available social worker staff, guidance and grief counselors and psychiatry staff to deal with the shootings' impact on students in the coming days.

Each principal has been instructed to be in contact with the Glen Cove Police Department and chief William Whitton, and if further help is needed, to contact the Department of Homeland Security's emergency response center at 516-573-8440.

Flags at all schools will be flown at half staff until Dec. 18 in accordance with President Barack Obama's order.

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Laria said that the district's current security protocols require all doors at each to school to be locked, with security check-in desks at the front and side entrances for any visitors.

"Every school has emergency plans ready to be implemented in case of the unthinkable," Laria said.

He said the tragedy is cause for emotion among school administrators and educators.

"It's very emotional. The President of the United States went on air and was crying," Laria said during a return phone call, having missed a reporter's initial rquest for comment as he watched the President's reaction to the tragedy on television. Laria said school employees experience such an incident in a very real way.

"We live vicariously through that," he said. "It reminds us that we live in an imperfect world, and we need to be prepared. The important thing is, children are very impressionable; they get scared. We're asking parents to give them reassurance, to help them feel safe and secure."

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James December 15, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Yes..... Lets hope they let law abiding responsible American teachers be trained on how to defend them selves and their students with fire power of their own ( yes that mean carrying a gun ! ). Lets stop pretending that evil does not exist and deranged people will not harm you. We can't count on police to protect us in those ensuing moments when a perp shows his colors. How awesome it would have been if just one of those people in that school was able to return fire. Maybe.......... just maybe those little souls would have survived. I am sick of you people who blame guns and not the crazies for things like this. Please leave my country if you are to weak to stand up and take responsibility for your own protection. You make me sick.
D.P.R December 15, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Teachers + guns = An unsafe atmosphere.
James December 17, 2012 at 01:58 AM
YES !!!! an UN SAFE ATMOSPHERE FOR PSYCHOPATHIC EVIL PEOPLE WHO CAN SHOOT LITTLE CHILDREN WITH NO REMORSE. You can ban all the guns you want, the criminals and crazies will just find another way, like may knives, or bats, or bombs, or cars ..... etc etc, you gonna ban those as well. Put a gun in the hands of TRAINED RESPONSIBLE AMERICAN and we'll see how far the mental cases get. You probably are not trained with a gun so I understand you concern. But if you are cowering in a corner waiting to be shot in the head by some crazy, I bet you would appreciate if someone close by was able to return fire. Get over you fear by learning and training your self to defend your self. Ugh !!!!!!
James December 17, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Mary Rose Paster December 17, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I would hope that the District would consider issuing photo ID's to all parents of children enrolled in our District. This would provide at least a minimum level of security. Can security guards be placed, if not currently done so, in each school? Anyone entering the school who is not employed by the school or a parent of a child who attends the school, should do more than sign in. Their driver's license and /or other documentation should be screened by and left with a security officer. Are their panic buttons in the schools they can call for immediate police intervention? Just a few ideas I am sharing with the hopes of keeping all of our children safe. Dr. Mary Rose Paster


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