• July 6 2018,  Revere

    Survey shows people feel safe in Revere schools

    By Sara Brown   According to a small survey conducted by Revere parents, 90 percent of the Revere school community feels safe in Revere schools. A group of parents from Revere participated in a leadership program to become more active within the school system. A part of the program was to do a project involving data and a topic they care about. Evelina Adolphus presented to the School Committee on June 26 on the survey she completed about safety and school shootings. Adolphus’s son was the Revere High School valedictorian for the class of 2018. According to Adolphus, there is one school shooting every week. “That’s really terrifying to think…

  • June 15 2018,  Malden

    Teens host panel discussion on school safety

    By Barbara Taormina   The good news is that students feel safe in Malden schools, but the unexpected update is that they were a little surprised that someone took time to ask. Those were the reactions of several teens who turned out for a panel discussion on gun violence, school safety and civic engagement last week at the Malden Teen Enrichment Center (MTEC). Organized by the YWCA’s peer Teen Advocates Sharing Knowledge (TASK) program and cohosted by MTEC, the discussion covered a range of related topics, such as gun control, violence-prevention and the power of teens stepping up and working for change. “It’s interesting that the community actually cared enough…

  • June 8 2018,  Lynnfield

    Superintendent assures district that schools are secure

     By Christopher Roberson   Following the incident on May 23 at Lynnfield High School, in which a student was found with a magazine of ammunition, questions arose as to whether or not the schools had locks on the doors. In response, Superintendent of Schools Jane Tremblay vowed that the district’s four schools are locked when school is in session. “Every outside door has a lock that is locked at the start of the school day,” she said, adding that each building has its own buzzer system as well. At Huckleberry Hill and Summer Street Elementary Schools, visitors are given stickers and lanyards by the Main Office staff. At Lynnfield Middle…

  • June 1 2018,  Revere

    Letter to the Editor: RHS parent’s point of view on school shootings

    Letter to the Editor: RHS parent’s point of view on school shootings   In the aftermath of another deadly school shooting where a gunman took 10 more lives (8 students and 2 teachers) and 13 more were wounded in Santa Fe, Texas on May 18, 2018; we realize that school shootings in recent times have become quite a worrisome issue. Are our local schools safe? More than one will question it. Tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newton CT (on 12/14/2012 – 26 deaths/2 injuries), Marshall County High School in Marshall County, KY (on 1/23/2018 – 2 deaths/ 18 injuries), Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL (on 2/14/2018…

  • Everett,  June 1 2018

    School safety Everett’s “number one” priority

    By John McCormack   Keeping our schools and children safe has become one of America’s biggest issues in 2018. Parents drop their children off every day in hopes that they will be picked up safe and returned home. However, schools haven’t always been holding up to their safe standards. In 2018’s short five-month existence there have been 23 school shootings in the United States. Safety should be the number one priority when school is in session, and Everett High School takes safety and their students’ lives very seriously. “Safety is our number one priority,” Everett High School Principal Erick Naumann said. Naumann said Everett High School does daily safety procedures…

  • June 1 2018,  Lynnfield

    Superintendent reassures parents following LHS incident

    By Christopher Roberson   A 17-year-old student was arrested at Lynnfield High School last Wednesday, May 23 for “possession of ammunition,” according to the Lynnfield police report. School officials stated that there was no threat to any students or staff, but have declined to comment further on the incident. In response to the incident, Superintendent of Schools Jane Tremblay wanted parents to know that the situation was being handled in an appropriate manner. Therefore, she and high school Principal Robert Cleary sent the following letter out to parents: “Our School Resource Officer was involved in an investigation with a student today at Lynnfield High School. He has followed proper protocol…

  • March 2 2018,  Revere

    Schools Supt. assures parents about school safety

    By Sara Brown   After the tragic school shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school which claimed 17 innocent lives, the Revere School Committee discussed school safety and what they’re doing to prevent such tragedies. “We want you to know our students are safe,” Superintendent Dr. Dianne Kelly said at the February 27 School Committee meeting. Kelly said they could not tell the parents or the public the department’s complete plan they have in place, out of safety reasons, but assured the public they have a relationship with Revere police and fire and are prepared for any situation. Every school in the district has regular drills which include locked doors…

  • February 23 2018,  Malden

    Officials say respect and tolerance help keep city schools safe

    By Barbara Taormina   Parents and students should feel confident that Malden schools are safe. That was the message Police Chief Kevin Molis, Superintendent of Schools John Oteri and Public Facilities Manager Eric Ruben brought to the City Council this week in the wake of the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Malden schools are equipped with surveillance cameras and an enhanced lockdown system which are part of a district-wide emergency plan. School building security is continually assessed; school staff and first responders undergo periodic emergency training and students take part in three emergency drills each year. Molis spoke briefly about those security measures, but most…

  • February 23 2018,  Lynnfield,  Lynnfield Sports,  Sports

    Superintendent responds to Florida school shooting

     By Christopher Roberson   In the aftermath of the Feb. 14 shooting that claimed 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Superintendent of Schools Jane Tremblay outlined the various protocols that are in place to keep Lynnfield’s students safe. “In conjunction with the Lynnfield Police Department, we have made significant changes over the past few years in the area of security,” she said. “School security continues to be the number one priority in the Lynnfield Public Schools.” One security measure was to assign Officer Patrick Curran as the full-time school resource officer. “This has been instrumental in helping us to be proactive with issues regarding our…

  • February 23 2018,  Peabody

    Peabody schools guarded by “multiple layers of security”

     By Christopher Roberson   In the days following the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Interim Superintendent of Schools Dr. Herbert Levine said there are “multiple layers of security” that protect the Peabody Public Schools. He said there are full-time police officers in each building as well as school adjustment counselors and emergency crisis teams. Levine also said staff members are currently going through Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (ALICE) training, which teaches them how to react if an intruder ever enters one of the schools. Levine said the doors to each school are locked once school begins in the morning. Therefore, anyone wanting…