Janet Robinson, superintendent of schools in Newtown spoke to the state Board of Education yesterday at a meeting where they approved a shorter school year for students at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
She made these comments about school safety:
She said Sandy Hook had a buzzer system, cameras, locked doors. “It’s very difficult to withstand an AR-15 when it can shoot through the glass, so I think it’s important that we take a look at what happened here and are there other measures that can be put in place to slow down someone’s being able to get in .”
What about stationing police officers at schools? “I think that’s where we are right now. People need visible signs of security and armed police officers, it’s comforting to them.”
“We have a good deal in place, we do our drills, every volunteer is fingerprinted,” she said, “We do a lot of things, we walk through and periodically see if there is anything that could be vulnerable.”
She said the probability is higher that something so horrific would happen in the upper grades. “Does anyone really anticipate this happening at an elementary school?” she asked.