School district reviewing its security procedures in the wake of Sandy Hook.
The Easton Area School District could dip into its $12 million reserve fund to pay for security improvements at its schools. Those improvements -- outlined Tuesday evening by district Chief Executive Officer Michael Simonetta -- could include metal detectors, extra cameras, panic buttons, security doors known as "man traps," and armed guards. Simonetta made his report to the board one day after Easton Area Middle School was evacuated because of a bomb threat, and a month and a day after the mass shooting at a school in Newtown, CT that left 20 students dead. “Doing nothing is the wrong thing to do," said Simonetta. Currently, the district has security guards and school police officers at the middle school and Easton Area High School. It …
The NRA on Friday called for every school in the country to have armed guards. Is that a solution?
Earlier this week -- in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting -- we asked if Easton should restore security guards to its elementary schools. On Friday, the National Rifle Association said that needs to happen in every school in the nation. And not just guards, but guards with guns. "Can't we afford to put a police officer in every single school?" asked NRA president Wayne LaPierre. That's a question school officials will be asking in the next few weeks. (Easton Area High School in Palmer Township and Easton Area Middle School in Forks Township already have armed police officers, the Express-Times noted Friday.) Is LaPierre's suggestion something all schools need to adopt? Take our poll, and tell us in the comments.