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Fenton, Lake Fenton Schools Increase Security After Sandy Hook Shootings

Lake Fenton superintendent Wayne Wright said schools have been implementing a modified lockdown. Police have been monitoring both Fenton and Lake Fenton Schools.

Fenton and Lake Fenton Schools have taken extra security measures since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Lake Fenton superintendent Wayne Wright said schools have been implementing a modified lockdown. He said classrooms doors are usually equipped with a magnet that prevents them from latching, however, those magnets have been removed and the doors have been locked. Wright said West Shore Elementary school's main doors have been locked and people have been entering through a buzzer system.

“We have had heightened security. We are keeping a close watch on everything that is going on,” Wright said.

He added that officers from Genesee County Sheriff’s Department have been around the building much more since the shootings. Wright said a letter was sent to parents, notifying them of the extra security measures. The letter also noted that Lake Fenton teachers have completed an active shooting training, which teaches them what to do if there is an active shooter in the building.

Wright said principals have fielded around 70 calls this week from parents with concerns.

School officials will continue to explore ways to improve security, Wright said. Administrators discussed the issue during a two and half hour meeting Tuesday.

“We will continue to look at security measures and possible changes in security. It’s been a big discussion,” Wright said.

Fenton Schools Superintendent Tim Jalkanen did not immediately return a phone message.

Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro said officers have been patrolling the Fenton schools more frequently.

“We’ve been spending a lot of time at schools,” Aro said. “And we will continue to do so.”

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Jason Alexander (Editor) December 19, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Do you think schools are doing enough to protect your children? Do you feel that your children are safe?
Laurie December 19, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I'd like to know more about what Fenton is doing. In my experience anyone can walk into any of the school buildings. I think we need to put in place several security measures and active shooter training for staff etc. As a parent, I'm willing to pay more if necessary to put those plans in place. As we've seen even security plans can fail but we should try and deter and slow down anyone who tries to harm our children and those that care for them.
movinon December 20, 2012 at 04:05 AM
By a decision of all district superintendents, all of the schools in the Genesee Intermediate District are closed for the rest of the year.
stephanie pytlowanyj December 23, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Just curious, what are Linden schools doing?

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