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(Update) Police At Schools After 'Rumors of Violence' on Facebook

"Rumors of violence" on Facebook have prompted placement of police at the Middle and High Schools.

Update — Police Chief Mark Leonard has said that a police officer has also been placed at Assabet Valley Vocational School today.

He also stated that additional patrols will go through the elementary schools in the city.

In an interview with Patch, he said all of this was done to alleviate fears and represents an "overabundance" of caution.

Original Story — Online rumors of violence in Marlborough public schools have prompted police to be placed at the Middle and High School.

“There are rumors of violence that had been floating on Facebook," said Interim Superintendent Dr. Steven Dlott of rumors that named the high school. “We believe Marlborough High School is perfectly safe, however there is a Marlborough police officer at Marlborough High today."

Officers were placed at both schools to ease student anxiety, said Dlott. In the Middle School, there is actually a great amount of concern among the students about the predicted end of the world, he said.

“There’s a high degree of anxiety among students," said Dlott. “The police are actually there to make sure the anxiety is alleved."

In the wake of the Newtown schooting these rumors of violence are not unique to Marlborough, he said.

“All through the state there have been threats, which is a very sad commentary following Newtown," said Dlott. “We are of the belief that school is safe and this is a normal day."

Messages went out to parents at both the High School and Middle School, he said.

“We try to keep parents in the loop as much as possible with what is going on," said Dlott. "If we have a threat, or actually rumors of a threat, we try to keep them involved as much as possible.”

Mitch December 21, 2012 at 04:09 PM
If you want to alleviate anxiety, why don't you put police at the elementary schools too. As a parent of a 1st grader, I'm particularly concerned about the lack of any real security at the elementary schools. Anyone who buzzes in at the front door is easily let it. How is that secure?
Karen December 21, 2012 at 05:48 PM
At least they have a buzzer!! anyone can walk into Assabet. The front door is always open.
AnnyMarie December 21, 2012 at 06:34 PM
I'm a mom of a 2nd grader. We were running late today and had to be buzzed in. They know me so it's usually.... push the buzzer and they buzz me in. Today they asked questions. Not enough but at least they are attempting to start.
Connie Mish December 21, 2012 at 07:07 PM
As a former Correctional Officer, Massachusetts licensed firearm carrier, and mother to a 2nd, 6th, & 8th grader, I am a strong proponent of armed guards/officers at our schools. These children are our most valuable assets and we do not take protecting them seriously, as a society. We have armed guards around our $$ and diamonds but not surrounding our defenseless children. I am thankful that our Marlborough PD took extra precaution today.
Paul Bishop December 21, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Connie, did Ms. Lanza's guns provide protection? No- they were used by her son to kill her and twenty six others. Of course one woman needed two semiautomatic handguns, a semiautomatic assault rifle, and a shotgun (at least, that's just what he took with him to the school) to defend her home. I think we all are paying quite enough for "responsible" gun ownership.
Peg December 21, 2012 at 08:14 PM
I too am a licensed firearm carrier and an NRA member, but I disagree with guns in schools of any type and I disagree with the NRA's take on the 2nd Amendment. This won't solve anything unless and until the types of guns used in places like the war in Afghanistan are not allowed to be sold to the public. An M4 is good for nothing but cold blooded killing. None of the children died from short range bullets, they were all long range. First, the armed guard or officer would only be the first one to go down. Second, if the guard or officer is at the other end of the school it could take precious time to get to the scene, and by that time the damage is done. My only idea is that the schools themselves should be redesigned starting with the removal of glass doors, which is how Lanza got in, and any doors with glass windows. First floor windows should not be allowed and air conditioning should be installed. No one buzzed him, he broke in through a glass door.
Paul Gentile December 21, 2012 at 08:15 PM
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reasonable December 22, 2012 at 02:23 PM
And why was a reportedly unstable person have access to her guns? She knew he was unstable and dangerous, that was the reasoning behind her looking to have him committed against his will, yet the "responsible gun owner" did nothing to secure the legal weapons from this unstable person.
Connie Mish January 03, 2013 at 04:15 PM
People make poor choices, that is a fact. I was trained by the State of Washington to carry a firearm to protect it's citizens from convicted felons. I worked with 2,500 convicted felons in a men's medium/maximum security prison and know first hand, face to face, what's not in the news (and the news is bad enough!). When you work with these monsters who can break into a home while you and your family are sleeping, take your 8mth pregnant wife and rape her in front of you and your other children, beat you and torture your children, you tend to want to be responsible enough to prevent that from happening to your family. There are also plenty of them who want to see law enforcement and their families the victims. Are you suggesting that we un-arm our current and former law enforcement and do nothing to protect our children from these monsters because the firearm itself is the problem? As long as there are illegal weapons and firearms on the street, we need to have trained, educated, and responsible armed citizens. That does NOT mean ridiculously armed and untrained citizens. Mass has the toughest gun laws in the country and violent crime in 2011 was at 28,219. AZ has the least gun laws and violent crime in 2011 was at 405.
Paul Bishop January 03, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Connie, nobody has suggested anything of the sort, please stop trying to obscure the discussion by throwing such red herrings. Not one person has suggested disarming law enforcement, or disarming anyone at all. It's being discussed that certain types of particularly dangerous weapons be better controlled. That's all. Can we get you to discuss the actual discussion now?
Connie Mish January 03, 2013 at 06:02 PM
I guess I'm a little confused because you responded to my comment about having law enforcement protection, which is what the article was discussing. You responded with "I think we all are paying quite enough for "responsible" gun ownership."

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