Residents Criticize Unlocked School Doors at Safety Forum

The Eagle Tribune reported the news today.

Salem town and school officials hosted a public safety forum at SHS on Jan. 14, with close to 100 attending according to a report from the Eagle Tribune.

The event, moved to the high school auditorium, was announced last week by Superintendent Michael Delahanty as a way to update residents on current safety practices in the district in light of last month's shooting incident in Newtown, CT.

According to the paper, Delahanty and other officials were criticized after residents learned that there is only one school resource officer for the six elementary schools and not all district school doors are locked, including those at the portables. Delahanty argued that the cost of one SRO is between $100,000 to $115,000.

Scott-NH January 15, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Suggesting concern over whether the doors are locked, when the entrances to almost every school is a giant plethora of glass, which Sandy Hook showed is easy to navigate through once shot to pieces Isn't going to add any real safety, neither will SRO's. Va Tech and Gabby Giffords are prime examples of how ineffective armed guards can be, those security personnel were shot as well. The cost of remodeling any school to completely insulate it from those who wish to do harm is a daunting task. Your talking bullet proof glass, your talking, maybe the removal of glass entrances to something solid, strong and not see through. Your talking all exterior windows being replaced with something safer. In the end, you have a bunker, if thats the answer to Sandy Hook, then we are having the wrong conversation. We shouldn't just be asking how to make the schools a bunker, but what we are doing as a society to reach out and recognize our indifference to those around us. We cut each other off in traffic, we cut to the head of a long line, we stampede over patrons at the latest midnight sale, we talk at each other instead of to each other. Part of our problem is how we value one another in this society and how we react to those different from us. Padded walls and armed guards aren't going to fix this, it just erodes further the next generations well being and safety.
Jeff Hatch January 15, 2013 at 02:43 PM
I agree none of the things discussed last night will prevent these incidents from happening. Adding a larger SRO presense will not stop it iether but maybe a deterrent. The issue there is adding SROs cost major cash about 100k each As for how to prevent these incidents. That's up to the individual gun owners. In most of these incidents the shooter wasn't the gun owners. They were kids/young adults of parents that owned guns and failed to secure them properly. So I ask all the gun owners that read this to secure your weapons properly. Don't tell the kids where the keys are or the combination of the safe... Put a stop to the unsupervised access and you'll prevent almost all of these incidents fom happening.
SalemResident January 15, 2013 at 11:38 PM
One SRO makes 100-115k? Are you kidding me?! Where do I sign up???
Riley Reid January 15, 2013 at 11:44 PM
33 Geremonty Drive Salem at the HR dept. But get ready for months of training away from your family, working night shifts and holidays away from your family and having everyone in Town dislike you for the job you do. Then in about 10 years when you've made it through the trenches and survived fighting with nuts, drunks and other quality types of people you may be lucky enough to make it into a SRO job. My neighbor is one, hardest working person I know. I wouldn't do that job for 200K a year. But you go give it a shot Salem Resident
More than 50 years in NH January 16, 2013 at 12:27 AM
Jeff Hatch January 16, 2013 at 02:22 AM
The SROs salary isn't 100k. That's what it cost the school district to have one, I have to agree with Riley on this one. I'm not convinced we need them at grads K-5 but at the Woodbury and the High school I think they're a must. These police provide counseling /advice to random students, break up fights, look for signs of child abuse, provide bullying and drug intervention... at the very least it they're someone for the students to talk to that's not a teacher or parent.


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