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Letter to Dr. Title: 'Put Stronger School Security Measures in Place'

Residents Rachel and Jeff Anderson implore the district to improve school security immediately.

Good Morning Dr. Title:

Our son, Luke, is an elementary school student in Fairfield. Everyday, we send him off to school with complete trust and faith that he will be safely returned to us at the end of each busy day. We have taken that for granted.

There are no words to describe or even begin to understand the horrific tragedy that occurred so close to us yesterday. It is unthinkable. Unimaginable. Surreal. There is a lot of 'unpacking' that needs to be done for parents, students, educators over the coming days and weeks, even months. This will take a very long time I am sure.

I am writing today though to urge you to put stronger school security measures in place immediately.

My request needs no explanation. The reasons are obvious.

I trust that you will be making arrangements to improve school security immediately, but in the interim I wanted to be sure I contacted you directly.

I look forward to hearing back from you.

Thank you.

Rachel and Jeff Anderson

Jenn Blazek December 15, 2012 at 04:50 PM
I couldn't agree more with this. My family has relocated from the Chicago area in which all school including preschools are on a buzz in system and all doors are locked through out the school day. I was shocked this district didn't have this. I am in full support of getting a system and thankful people are speaking out.
Safety First December 15, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Your concerns are well founded, however, advertising what schools have buzzers and what schools do not is a major security breach no, no! Please keep us all safe and write the superintendent!, please don't write the newspaper for every Tom, Dick, and Harry to know what security we have and don't have. Please exercise common sense.
Caitlin Mazzola (Editor) December 15, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Safety First, that is an extremely good point. The letter has been edited and a comment referring to a specific school has been removed.
Amber Sperry December 15, 2012 at 08:35 PM
I am a strong believer that there should be metal detectors in every school across the country not to make our children feel like prisoners but to ensure their safety and our peace of minds as parents. We have armed security guards posted in front of banks to protect our money but not at our schools to protect our children!!! Since when has this country become more concerned about the dollar than our own flesh & blood is beyond my comprehension.
F December 16, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Thank you Safety First..being in the front office I do appreciate whoever removed that comment.
A concerned parent December 16, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I agree that there should be a trained armed guard or police officer at all the schools. These tragidies are seeming to happen more frequently in schools. Why not implement stronger security at all schools everywhere. These our are children and our future. We need to keep them safe and protect them.

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