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December 15, 2012

Local officials react to massacre

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He did not want to use the incident to promote an upcoming building project that includes security upgrades and video surveillance. However these kinds of incidents should require the district to take the steps that its safety committee that includes representatives from the police and fire departments, have been recommending for several years. This includes having a single point of entry that can be locked electronically, he said. “We need to do more to deal with a changing society.”

Nayor said: “We are in the day and age when these types of incidents unfortunately occur. It’s very sad, especially when they are children.” However school administrators, including those of both colleges, have been working with his department to make the campuses more secure. In addition, Nayor said, his department trains all its officers on responding to school shootings.

Unatego Central School Superintendent Charles Molloy said he was waiting for more information about security procedures at the Connecticut school. But at first glance, he said, it appears steps were in place to prevent such an incident.

“You can’t secure (a building) 100-percent,” he said, adding that Unatego schools have buzzers or card readers that should stop an unwanted individual from coming in.

“We take reasonable precautions to make sure we are safe,” he said. While he will be following the situation to see if changes need to be made, “I hope and pray we don’t have to face something like that.”

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