MARLBORO, N.J. (MorichesDaily) – Students in one New Jersey school district are returning after the holiday break with armed guards at their schools.
Every school Marlboro district, all grades, will have armed guards challenging students as they enter the school.
According to the district’s website, Marlboro police officers will “challenge each person entering the schools from the time the buses arrive until the students leave.”
In the notice school officials say there will also be “a monitor for use by the assigned police officer in each school that will continually project digital images of both interior and exterior spaces critical to maintaining the safety and security of the school.”
The Marlboro Board of Education in Monmouth County voted last month to have an uniformed officer in all of its nine schools following the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
WCBS NY interviewed some residents and parents in the district.
“I think it is a great idea with the way the world is right now,” said resident Theresa Morreale. “Anything to keep our children safe.”
“I’m definitely in favor. I think it’s a good thing. Keep the kids safe,” one parent told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.
“Personally, I don’t think you fight guns with guns. I’m very sad to hear that’s where we’re heading,” said another.
In New York, police are examining tactics similar to current anti-terrorism measures to find potential killers online before they strike.
The NYPD announced last month that they will monitor online forums, social networks For threats.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that their searches would be similar to those being used to spot terrorist chatter online.
Marlboro school officials made the decision before the National Rifle Association called for the armed officers in every American school.
Politicians of both parties questioned the idea of armed guards challenging our kids in school.
“I don’t necessarily think having armed guards outside of every classroom is the most conducive thing to a good educational environment,” New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Republican, said last month in Newark. “We don’t want to make this an armed camp. I don’t think that would be positive.”
“My first choice would be to never have a gun in our schools, but while the president and the NRA and Congress debate policy and law, the fact is there are guns out there and how many times do we have to see these kinds of mass shootings before we decide to protect our kids,” said Mayor Jonathan Hornik.
Obama has called for reinstating an assault-weapons ban that expired in 2004, closing loopholes that allow gun buyers to escape background checks and restricting high-capacity ammunition clips.