Wilton Schools Add Police, Will Review Security Steps

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Wilton Schools Superintendent Gary Richards said the district will review security procedures and increase police presence after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Photo Credit: Melvin Mason

WILTON, Conn. – An increased police presence and a review of security practices are priorities for the Wilton Public Schools as it responds to the horrific mass shootings last Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

Wilton Superintendent Gary Richards issued a letter Monday outlining changes to improve safety at the district’s four school buildings. Each school had one police officer on hand as schools opened for the day.

The district will review its security measures and its emergency operations procedures with Wilton police, Richards said.

Faculty and staff at Wilton schools did “an excellent job in providing a calm, purposeful learning atmosphere for our students” Monday, Richards said. The district had social workers, counselors and psychologists available for students who needed to talk after the attack, which left 26 victims dead in the Newtown school.  

“I want to again assure you that the safety and security of our students and staff are our highest priorities. We thank you for your continued support and understanding as we address these important issues,” Richards said.

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