Police Presence Around Farmington Area Schools Aims to Reassure Parents, Students

Parents tell police they appreciate the additional security in the wake of a deadly shooting at Sandy Hook school in Newtown, CT.

Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus said Monday morning that parents have thanked officers assigned to patrol local schools, in the wake of Friday's deadly attack at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT.

According to Newtown Patch, at around 9:30 a.m. Friday, lone gunman Adam Lanza, 20, forced his way into Sandy Hook and killed 20 children and six adults, then killed himself. Funerals for the first two victims were held Monday. 

"There was probably no parent who dropped off their children at school and felt the same as they did before this incident," Nebus said. "A lot of parents have come up to (the officers) and said they appreciated their presence." 

Nebus said the additional attention to schools will continue, as much as regular call volumes allow, through the week.

"I hope that people in our community know we care, and we are working to make sure something unthinkable doesn't happen here," he said. 

Schools review safety protocols

Inside schools, administrators and staff reviewed safety protocols and crisis plans, but did not discuss the Connecticut incident with students, according to list serv emails sent out Monday morning. Students who raised questions were encouraged to talk to their parents.

A note from Power Upper Elementary Principal James Anderson explained a change in one school policy: 

"... I am going to restrict the access of parents within the building without checking in first. As a middle school, we had a strict policy about parents in the halls before or after school. As we transitioned to an upper elementary, we received feedback that our school felt unwelcoming. Therefore we did not press issues of parents walking kids to their lockers before school or directly after school. This needs to change to allow for my staff to monitor the school more easily. Parents will not be allowed to walk their students past the lobby area without first checking into the office in the morning. Even then, we will ask parents to say goodbye to their students before entering the school unless there is a specific need to accompany them further."

While he noted the move "may be unpopular with some", Anderson wrote, "Safety is not negotiable, and certain practices greatly improve our likelihood for safety." 

At Harrison High, students observed a moment of silence for the Sandy Hook victims, according to a list serv email. 

"Afterwards, students were reassured we have a crisis plan in place and that part of that plan includes all the drills that we do.  We also communicated there were counselors on hand to help any student who was having a difficult time. In the next few days and months, we will continue to be vigilant. As usual, visitors will be asked to sign in and there will be extra police patrols around our school. We have also asked students if they see someone without a visitors badge or ID badge to inform an adult as quickly as possible."

Tanya December 17, 2012 at 10:46 PM
My son and his friends decided to see how safe these schools really are this afternoon (1/2 day) and they walked into several schools with NO!!! questioning and these boys played around inside the schools trying to draw attention to themselves. VERY!! ALARMING!! The one school has preschoolers/ adult ed, office located at the front doors- NO ONE told those boys to leave!! How safe are the children really!!??!!?? WAKE UP!!
Stacy December 18, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Name the schools. If you are serious about this prank really taking place, I am sure you have no problem naming the schools. After all, the safety of the kids is YOUR MAIN CONCERN right? The fact that you, and your son and his friends think this game was a good idea is more alarming. The schools have tapes, surely they should be identified so you can be even more proud, and we can all know where the enabling is happening in the community. Knowing that this experiment was going to take place, (if in fact it did) with your blessing is a really good example of parenting!! How proud you must be.
Tanya December 18, 2012 at 04:20 PM
@stacy- we must not be familiar with the one school, I gave a big hint too!! The schools are located in south Famington. Parenting- I am sending my children off to these schools where they are suppose to be SAFE! Not the case and FCS does have camera's but not located inside the schools. No schools have camera's inside the buildings! Do you research and then tell me about parenting!
stacy December 18, 2012 at 06:58 PM
I am sure the cameras outside will pick up your son and friends on their wild prank.Why just give a hint? Just say the schools if you are so upset by the findings of his probably illegal behavior. You mentioned a school with pre-schoolers..which one? Certainly the administration would like to know that your son was allowed in to cause a disruption in a preschool and NO ONE CARED. Any parent who would condone this behavior is part of the problem and not the solution. I still have my doubts if what you said took place really did. BTW..wasn't your son and friends supposed to be in class during school hours and not causing disruptions trying to get noticed in schools they do not attend? I assume you called the principals involved to tell them of this experiment! Please report as to their reactions if you don't mind.
stacy December 18, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I did not say to call prior...BUT..did you call after the prank? BTW..name calling( calling me stupid) for someone who brags on another post that you don't own a TV and you were listening to Christmas music as a family sure does speak volumes. If you cared about the students, (of any age) you would have alerted the administration as to your sons findings AFTER THIS ALLEGED incident. I believe you have made up this entire story as you give no specifics, no school names, and you simply talk in circles..because you got caught.
Tanya December 18, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Oh yes! I did call! And, they are going to talk to their Crisis Team regarding building safety! If your unaware of what FCS is it is Farmington Community School and Farmington Central High School depending on which hall you walk down. Did you need direction to the building? I dare you to walk into that building! Email the Patch back after you find out, your not stopped from entering into the building!
Tanya December 18, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Than try the other schools in south Farmington! Let me know which schools you walk into without being stopped!
stacy December 18, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Wow, you are one angry girl. Daring me to walk into a building? Very mature. BTW..we still have not been enlightened as to the name of the pre-school your son displayed his disruptive behavior in during this experiment. I would suggest you and your son along with his friends attend the next FPS board meeting. Step up to the mic during public comment and do share! They are televised, and you and he can share this experience with the entire community. Let me know if you need directions.
Joni Hubred-Golden (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 08:30 PM
A comment has been deleted from this thread due to a violation of our Terms of Service. We appreciate a robust conversation, but name-calling is strongly discouraged.
stacy December 18, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Thank you Joni..reasonable minds can and do differ, the name calling gets nothing accomplished except to define ones character, or lack of...


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