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A year after Sandy Hook murders, NH schools keeping watch on all visitors
Martin carries a cell phone and walkie-talkie. She and her assistant also carry panic buttons to alert police in the event of an emergency.
The school prepares for various scenarios and will be working on a further emergency evacuation plan.
However, Martin and other educators noted, the Sandy Hook school mass shooting one year ago today made it apparent that anyone is vulnerable no matter the security. "When you have somebody with a high-powered rifle....When bad people have bad intentions, you know bad things happen."
Gerry Beaudry, administrative assistant, stopped a reporter as she passed by the front office without checking in and prevented her from entering the interior of the school. Beaudry, wife of school board member Arthur Beaudry, also stopped a mother from heading to her daughter's classroom to deliver cupcakes. Beaudry said the policy was in place to keep traffic in the hallways to a minimum.
Weston Vice Principal Richard Chretien, on the other hand, was welcoming after stopping the reporter who, after being buzzed in, passed by the front office.
Chretien said what people don't remember is that Sandy Hook was a secured school; Adam Lanza still was able to breach that security and kill 20 children and six school staff members in Newtown, Conn. He shot his mother to death before driving to the school and targeting the young children, the staff and then killing himself.
Nothing, they say, is going to stop a madman determined to get inside.
Alerted to the spot checks, Superintendent Debra Livingston quickly met with principals and then called the newspaper. She asked to meet with the reporter and demanded return of a one-page document outlining the school district's emergency response plan. Livingston said the district had to be careful about sharing any kind of security information.
Livingston acknowledged being pleased that the spot checks of Bakersville, Gossler Park, Weston and Webster revealed no security breaches. Livingston said she was proud of the protocols that are in place.
Livingston also would not say what additional security steps the district has taken since the Sandy Hook massacre. Her reasoning is that the district has to be certain the information does not get into the wrong hands.
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