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Are You Confident in School Safety in East Hampton?

Local schools review safety measures and security procedures in light of recent shootings nationally.

December's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., has shone a national spotlight on school safety and gun control like never before.

On one end of the spectrum tighter gun laws are called for, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in his State of the State Address on Wednesday that he wants the "toughest assault weapons ban in the country." On the other end, some are calling for armed guards in all schools — whether they be police officers or volunteers. Arming teachers themselves has also been suggested.

The national discussion is not quieting down any time soon. Thursday, two people were reportedly shot and injured inside Taft High School in Taft, Calif., according to 23ABC News.

In the days following the Newtown shooting, local school districts are reviewing security procedures while communicating with students, teachers, and parents about events that have left all school districts feeling a little more vulnerable and a little less innocent.

Patch wants to know: Are you confident in the safety and security of your local schools? Do you think more should be done, or the schools are secure enough? Leave a comment below to join the discussion.

Pat Mansir January 11, 2013 at 06:41 PM
For along time, I have felt that out schools are not properly protected. The buzz-in system is haphazard and long before Sandy Hook a metal detector with a trained armed guard, in plain cloths, should have been part of our school systems. These ARE our children! A police trained guard knows when NOT to pull a weapon. Lack of a weapon will only result in random people within the schools carrying protection, Let the guard wear plain clothes so that he does not become the first target. Thank you Patch for the opportunity to comment.

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