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Increased Security Continues in Brick Schools

Meetings, evaluations still taking place as well

Officials in town say that increased security patrols at Brick Township schools in the wake of the December shooting in Newtown, Conn., will continue.

In a joint statement released by Superintendent Dr. Walter Uszenski and Police Chief Nils R. Bergquist, it was explained that since the Connecticut incident, detectives from the Brick police department's Investigations Division have been randomly attending each school throughout the day and evaluating the current security measures that are in place.

They are also, in conjunction with the School Resource Officers – police officers permanently assigned to work in the township's schools –, meeting with each school's administrator to address any safety concerns they might have, the statement said.

The increased security also includes officers on patrol.

"Uniformed patrol officers have been directed to frequent the schools that are in their patrol district and also check and test the current security procedures that are in place," the statement said.

In addition to the increased police presence, the township's School Safety Committee, which consists of members from both the school district and police department, are meeting to review existing policies and procedures, safety measures and physical security measures at all of the schools.

"This is an on-going process which is often tested, practiced and evaluated for its effectiveness," the statement said. "This committee is always looking for innovative ideas to improve the safety at each and every one of the township schools for the children and staff."

Uszenski, even before the Sandy Hook shooting, had mentioned improving security measures and keeping students safe as one of his priorities.

He later requested each principal submit a list of security concerns to him for immediate action.

BW January 22, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Which one?
Brickmom3 January 22, 2013 at 06:35 PM
I have mixed feeling about it.. I have children on the Middle school & in the HS. & OF COURSE want my children safe, but there's another part of me that is not to allow to feed into the fear, Just like after 9/11 ( that my children where alive for) we cant life our lives in fear & allow the terrorist to get the best of us .....
Art Sholty January 22, 2013 at 06:39 PM
@ Topps, Very difficult because "panic exit bars"are required on all egress doors.
Art Sholty January 22, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Hey Chief, And you complain about me..................go look in the mirror. Stop using that PAYOTE.
Margo Joan Borys Salvato January 22, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I agree!
BW January 22, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Agree
Brickmom3 January 22, 2013 at 06:57 PM
sorry typos thanks for understanding what I wrote lol
Margo Joan Borys Salvato January 22, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Yes you pay taxes but YOU choose to send your child to private school. You are welcome back anytime you wish! You knew going in that those were the rules and now there is a problem and you want to change the rules. You need to ask your school administrators that you pay directly what they are going to do about it. I am sure the public schools will have to give up part of their budget to the police dept or have to give up programs, teachers, supplies, maintenance etc to pay for this. What are you willing to give up?
Resident January 22, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Margo, What????????????????????
none of yobusiness January 22, 2013 at 10:06 PM
You know why these shooting dont happen in places like NYC schools?.................. because the students would shoot back and the shooter would be begging for the police.
DennyD January 23, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Try again. http://www.stoptheshootings.org/
DennyD January 23, 2013 at 12:08 AM
What the hell is "payote?" I see you are a well read man, Art.
Jim January 23, 2013 at 02:59 AM
That Sandy Hook shooting story is full of unanswered questions? What happened to the rifle found in the trunk of the car? What happened to the second guy in camo pants found in the woods? What about Robbie Parker and his ridiculous acting job? I smell BS. Never trust the mainstream media
Jim January 23, 2013 at 03:00 AM
Who are the terrorists?
Creedence January 23, 2013 at 03:50 AM
Herbertsville has a camera
J.JONES January 23, 2013 at 04:35 AM
@Jim and how come we never heard again from Medical exam from news conferance again ... I can't believe what I saw on the reports...Just so sad..And Robbie Parker laughing seconds before they started report...I hope the truth come out...
Mrgrumpass January 23, 2013 at 10:34 AM
The problem is that when our schools were built Security was not an issue, as they stand today they are very hard if not imposable to secure sufficiently.
BrickMom4 January 23, 2013 at 11:07 AM
Good now maybe they will do something about the smoking in the parking lot being I have called and nothing has been done. Isn't it against the law to smoke on school grounds??
Sam January 23, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Dear margo yes I chose for private school and that is my right. I pay for it. I have no faith in the system here. And to educate you so does a great deal of this towns public school administrators enroll their chilren in private school. Stating that my tax dollars go to police salaries just like the public school families. The mission of the police department is to protect and serve All citizens. Did you ever think how much higher your taxes would be if all the private school students would be enrolled in the public school system. Be careful of what you ask for. .....
BrickChick January 23, 2013 at 01:01 PM
I went to pick up my child at one of the middle schools the week after the Sandy Hook massacre. I was not asked to show identification to take him out of the school, and while I stood and watched about 5 students opened the front door for a pizza delivery person who never got a chance to ring the bell. Not one adult in charge addressed that situation and Dr. Uszenski still has not responded to my email regarding the situation.
BW January 23, 2013 at 01:05 PM
Must have been Vets Middle. I hated that school when my son was there. That is one school that needs security increased.
Lynn Mabee January 23, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Sam I sincerely hope that money you are putting out for your children's education serves them better than the education of their parent. Reread your comments. You sound like an imbecile. I assure you (as you put down our schools) that any child who cares about an education will thrive whether Mommy and Daddy try to buy it or not. If you despise the public school system so much so be it but you chose to leave and now you will need to pony up some more of your money for extra protection. Stop your whining. On a separate note as a product of private school I can tell you firsthand they are riddled with drugs. Worse than public schools. So take your high and mighty elsewhere.
oldkodger January 23, 2013 at 03:49 PM
M22, don't worry, biden and obama are solving all the problems with those nasty guns
oldkodger January 23, 2013 at 04:02 PM
If Sarah Palin hadn't used those bullseyes on her map none of this would be a problem
Micho January 23, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Just a FYI went to pick up my daughter from LRMS door was left open for anyone to walk into... I guess our middle school students do not count when it comes to safety & security
Sam January 23, 2013 at 09:10 PM
Lynn , who's the imbecile. I never put down the public education system. I was referring to the comment from Margo that if I want police protection for my child you have to go to public school. The examples I referred to about administrators from the public school system sending their kids to private schools are facts. If it hurts to hear too bad. And even a road scholar like yourselfrs can do the math if all the private schools closed down they would join the public school ranks@about $10, 000 each. Use that great private education you received from mommy and daddy and add it up. I'm impressed that you spell education imbecile correctly. Probably from reading it on the teachers comments on the back of your report cards.
Sam January 23, 2013 at 09:14 PM
Lynn , who's the imbecile. I never put down the public education system. I was referring to the comment from Margo that if I want police protection for my child you have to go to public school. The examples I referred to about administrators from the public school system sending their kids to private schools are facts. If it hurts to hear too bad. And even a scholar like yourself can do the math if all the private schools closed down the students would join the public school ranks@about $10, 000 each. Use that great private education you received from mommy and daddy and add it up. I'm impressed that you spell education imbecile correctly. Probably from reading it on the teachers comments on the back of your report cards.
Lynn Mabee January 23, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Sam try writing in English then we will talk. By your comment that you have no faith in the system you have insulted those of us who do. A ROAD scholar?? I'm going to laugh myself out of this conversation now.
Lynn Mabee January 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM
You also left both of your comments up. I guess you couldn't figure out if it was ROAD or the correct version RHODES scholar so you deleted that then put your second comment up. I think I'll keep my children in the public education system and hope they never run into yours and the administration's top scholars :)
DR.who January 25, 2013 at 02:13 PM
wow NO faith & in private school, I'm sure a crazy person with a gun will look 1st if its a private school or a public school ...

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