Should Marlboro Schools Have Armed Guards in Wake of Newtown Shooting?
The Board of Education is creating a plan to have an armed officer in ever school after the new year.
Marlboro Township has become the topic of discussion around the country after the decision to place armed officers in each school come 2013.
The decision came to fruition in the wake of the Newtown, CT school shooting which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults on Dec. 14.
While the township has digital security measures in place, including a Visitor Management System which scans drivers licenses of any school visitors and checks names against local, state and national databases; the Board of Education is now teaming up with the Marlboro Police Department to add bodies with guns to school front doors.
"The protocols for these policemen are being written during the winter break with key input provided by police and school district administrators," said Board President Michael Lilonsky on Dec. 21.
The announcement came at an awkward time, less than one day before National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre announced his similar ideas for school safety.
Mayor Jon Hornik said he feels the Newtown shooting changed security in the same way air security changed after Sept. 11, 2001, according to NBC.
And while Hornik, the Board of Education and the Marlboro Police Department agree that this measure is necessary for protection, Gov. Chris Christie said it makes schools "armed camps."
"I am not someone who believes that having multiple armed guards in every school is something that will enhance the learning environment, Christie said, according to The Star Ledger. "You don't want to make this an armed camp for kids."
While plans move forward in Marlboro, critics and supporters are shooting crossfire about the larger issue of solving gun violence with more guns.
As of now, township schools have two school resource officers. One officer floats among elementary schools and one around the two middle schools. Volunteer PTO members are also stationed at front doors to check visitors in.
The new security measure has gained some support on the Marlboro-Colts Neck Patch Facebook page.
Reader Steve Goldman said, "I think it is time that we put armed police officers in our schools. It is pathetic that in Marlboro and Manalapan we have armed police officers in some large jewelry stores.....but not in our schools......."
Patch reader Sandeepa said, "With two small school going children I am in total shock with the Sandy Hook Elementary school incident. Cannot even imagine what the children, parents and everyone involved are going through. Pray earnestly for them. As a parent I would request that we step up school security in our district. I hope more parents will agree and if we have to do our part to urge the school super to agree, let us do it."
Tell us: Should Marlboro schools have armed officers in every school?