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Marlboro Stays at the Center of the School Security Discussion

The decision to put cops in schools came after the tragic school shooting in Newtown, CT.

Marlboro students entered their first day of school in 2013 yesterday and were greeted by township police officers, as promised. Some parents and students were also greeted by New York reporters.

Marlboro Township has become the topic of discussion in the media after announcing the decision to place armed officers in each school come 2013.

"The order has been given to keep all media off campus," Mayor Jon Hornik said. "[The media] has completely overreacted, I quite frankly don't understand the news coverage. We have always had school resource officers."

Hornik has been seen on several news programs, including a street interview on NBC and in a roundtable discussion on MSNBC in recent days. 

The new school security 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.

"We were the first to take active measures," Hornik said. "This was the only immediate step we could take."

Hornik said that while he and other township officials have openly answered media questions, in no way is anyone in Marlboro actively seeking media coverage on the issue.

The township already 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 announced on Wednesday that , to be paid for through the district's general fund.

Marlboro High School has always had a school resource officer, but township elementary and middle schools now have permanent officers, at least until February. At that time, the Board of Education and Police Department will assess any changes necessary for school security.

The announcement of the new plan came less than one day before National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre announced his similar ideas for school safety. 

And while township and board officials are standing strong with their decision, Hornik said he didn't expect the township's announcement to become national news.

Hornik said, "I don't understand why the media has focused in on our policy change."

cynicinmarlboro January 03, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Mayor Hornik had his 15 minutes of national fame, but I just heard that Totowa is one-upping Marlboro by having TWO armed cops in each school! When will this insanity end? Rodeph Torah's Rabbi's plea makes a lot of sense to me.
Eric s. January 04, 2013 at 05:06 AM
Hmmmm. Was the statement that no one in Marlboro is actively seeking media coverage of this issue made on MSNBC, NBC, GMA or in a press conference??? While we can have dialogue about the pros and cons police in the schools within the town, I would really prefer not drawing attention to the schools and children everyone claims they want to protect?
jon January 04, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Was told the cost would be 1 million dollars per year on 80 million dollar budget.. That's a lot of new school teachers and programs that could be introduced into the schools. There is too much attention being bought to our schools and community and some maniac will try to prove the Mayor wrong.
Kaitlyn Anness January 04, 2013 at 02:09 PM
Some parents are saying the media was on school property again today in Marlboro, despite police orders. Was anyone interviewed?
DAEBJ January 04, 2013 at 03:05 PM
MEDIA GO AWAY!!! Get a life!! Isn't there a B list celebrity u want to harass???
anonymous January 04, 2013 at 03:17 PM
"...In no way is Marlboro seeking media coverage on this event..." really???? going to three different TV organizations isn't seeking media coverage????
Steve R January 08, 2013 at 01:47 PM
DAEBJ Why would the media go away , Mayor Hornik has given interviews with CBS, NBC, MSNBC, News12NJ, WSJ, NY Post, WPIX, NY Daily News et al...He is more than willing to advance his political career at the expense of our children and on our taxpayer dime. Please tell me what advantage to the children of Marlboro is had by the Mayor publicizing this measure like this...the answer is easy there is no advantage to our children just to his political career and ego

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