Police have increased their presence on campus and extra doors have been locked at Weston public schools today in light of a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown this morning, Friday, Dec. 14.
Weston School Superintendent Colleen Palmer sent an email message to parents around 11:30 a.m. informing them of the Newtown shooting, details of which are to still to be released.
Although not a formal lockdown, Dr. Palmer said the schools were taking extra safety measures. All doors in the schools were locked, including the high school and district offices. The open campus policy at the high school was also temporarily suspended.
Dr. Palmer said the schools were operating under a normal schedule, with all students remaining indoors today. Adults were posted at the entrances to each school and monitoring anyone coming into and out of the buildings. The schools plan on dismissing at their regularly scheduled times.
Weston police Chief John Troxell said extra patrols were added at the schools. “We’ve been in continuous contact with the schools since the shooting was reported, and we have extra patrols at both entryways on School Road. We plan to keep them there until the end of the day,” he said.
There are two Weston police officers assisting the Newtown Police Department. Weston Police Sergeant Pat Daubert, who was in the Newtown area at the time of the shooting, and Officer Daniel Cascone who grew up in Newtown, are currently at a staging area at a firehouse near the Sandy Hook school. They are helping with traffic control and reuniting children who were evacuated from the school with their parents.