Lindy Sticks To The Basics To Protect Students

Locked doors, security guards among the steps school district uses to keep schools safe.

Friday morning’s breaking news that a gunman shot and killed more than two dozen people, including 20 children, at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school shocked the nation and likely had Lindenhurst parents wondering what security measures are utilized by Lindenhurst schools.

Superintendent Richard Nathan told Patch that the school district has several steps in place to protect students and staff during school hours.

All doors at the elementary schools and middle school are locked, he said. At the high school, security is stationed at the entrance to the parking lot and at the building’s front door. Security cameras are also used.

For full coverage of the Newtown elementary school shootings, visit our sister site Newtown Patch.

Earlier this year, school hour security procedures were put to the test when a man, Joseph Ciambriello, was seen looking through the windows at Harding Avenue Elementary School. After being denied access to the school by custodian Thomas A. Frey, Ciambriello fled and led police on a high-speed chase through parts of West Babylon and Lindenhurst. He is facing multiple charges.

The school district would later honor Frey for what school officials said was his “quick thinking and action” when he quickly alerted school authorities to the presence of Ciambriello.

According to school district accounts of the incident, when Frey saw Ciambriello peering through the windows, he approached the man asking for identification. When Ciambriello could not produce any and claimed to be a security guard, Frey immediately alerted school district officials.

"I think his actions ultimately prevented anything worse from happening," Nathan said of Frey earlier this year.

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Brenda December 15, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Right, this is true as a mom of 3 youngsters. I frequently drop off something when my kids are already in school, or bring them lunch. Unfortunately, this individual went to his mother's school with a purpose. How can we prevent something so sad from happening again, but to have restrictions on gun control.
Lisa Jensen Fleischmann December 15, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I was at the high school about a month ago after class hours and walked right in the front door with no one to ask who I was or what I was there for. For the safety of kids at after school activities and the faculty, there needs to be security at the door all the time, not just during class time.
Nicholas Errico December 15, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Tell me what law would have stopped him. Those guns were illegally obtained. Schools are gun-free zones. Murder is illegal. What law could have stopped this LAWBREAKER from committing this atrocity? If we got rid of some gun control, like "gun-free" zones, maybe those kids could have been saved by an armed teacher, staff, or security guard. Instead, gun control created a "fish-in-a-barrel" situation for this nut job.
peach is December 15, 2012 at 04:30 PM
They said the guns were legally purchased by his mother. And if there were tighter restrictions on guns, it would be harder for lawbreakers to get them, too.
Nicholas Errico December 15, 2012 at 04:51 PM
The kid was 20, right? That's the last I heard. It is illegal to transfer possession of handguns to a person under 21 in Connecticut.
Artie December 15, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I agree with the previous post in regards to security at the front door. If we have paid security at the High School and Middle School, why can't we have one security guard assigned to each elementary school. They are all retired cops who know what to look for, and trained for certain security measures to take. We shouldn't have to rely on the school custodian to be our security.
Lindenhurst December 17, 2012 at 12:15 AM
We need to change our school security system.I dont feel safe sending my kids to school due to this tragedy.Taxes keep going up in our village and school.Where all this money is going to someones wallet no to our school safety.
Lindenhurst December 17, 2012 at 12:17 AM
billy simons December 17, 2012 at 01:19 AM
i know more then half of the security guards at the schools are retired nyc and other dept police officers. i think the district needs to allow some of them to be armed. i understand its not best to have armed security near the students,but there are many who have no interaction with students who could be armed and are close enough to be of assistance if anything arises. I would rather have some of them armed knowing they have 20 years plus experience ,then them hiring some outside security guard who got lic after paying a few hundred dollars and a few weeks of classes,ot metal detectors that cann easily be bypassed, and its a smart safe response with issues that can face the school
billy simons December 17, 2012 at 01:24 AM
they need to go one step further and have some armed, i know many parents live in fantasy land etc about guns, and i agree i wouldnt feel comfortable with armed security dealing with students,but there are many who dont interact at all who could be armed, i would be comfortable knowing a 20 year veteran was there to be able to help. i think arming anyone else a teacher,principal is a big mistake. you have these security with tons of experience, be smart and use it


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