Marlboro to post cops at schools

The Township of Marlboro is apparently the first community in the nation to assign armed police officers at their schools in reaction to the massacre in Newtown, CT.

According to reports in Marlboro-Colts Neck Patch, NJ.com and The New York Post, each of Marlboro’s 9 schools will have a cop on guard when they reopen on January 2.  Additionally, digital video cameras will be installed in all school facilities to be monitored by the police department.

“We’ve seen a new evil and we need to deal with it,” Mayor Jon Hornik said in a phone interview with MMM, “This is like 9-11.  We’ve seen airport security change. Now we have to change school security and do it quickly.”

Board of Education Vice President Victoria Dean said that the board authorized the funding of police officers in the schools for 90 days while they evaluate long term options.

“This is not the long term solution,” said Dean, “we want to prevent the possibility of a Sandy Hook copy cat and to ease the fears of our residents.”

Both Hornik and Dean said that Marlboro had made this decision prior to NRA President Wayne LaPierre’s call for cops in all schools nationally at his news conference on Friday.  Marlboro’s new school safety policy was posted on the board’s website on Thursday.   Hornik said he is not an NRA supporter and believes that assault weapons and ammunition should be banned, “but we have to protect our kids.”

Posted: December 23rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Connecticut Murders, Marlboro | Tags: , , , | 12 Comments »

12 Comments on “Marlboro to post cops at schools”

  1. MT said at 1:27 pm on December 23rd, 2012:

    Over-reaction 101.

  2. Jim Sage said at 1:28 pm on December 23rd, 2012:

    This is simply not the solution. Columbine had an armed security officer in that school–and obviously that was proven to be ineffective. Fort Hood is patrolled by military police and civilian Department of Defense police–that was proven ineffective when Major Hassan killed 11 and wounded so many more. Virginia Tech, the school with the largest killed, has a campus police force larger than most New Jersey towns–again, ineffective.

    Where does this madness end? Do we place armed police officers on school buses to act as marshals? What about private schools, religious schools etc?

    I feel the greater issue here is better background checks (I believe some states have little to none) and the bigger issue: mental illness. If authorities were aware of Ms. Lanza’s son’s mental disease, I would have hoped that issue would have prevented her ownership of assault weapons; however, I don’t think other household members are looked at–just the applicant. Perhaps the vetting process needs to be looked at and changed.

    But getting back to Marlboro: This issue was fast tracked by the Marlboro Board of Education at the urging of Mayor Hornik. If they fail to have a public hearing on this matter, I will hold those BOE officials accountable and responsible for this.

    It has never been mentioned who will be paying for this matter–the Township or the BOE. Issues to be addressed are: Are the Marlboro Police, already down in authorized strength, going to be further depleted? Or are they going to do this on their days off on overtime? We the taxpayers are going to pay for this–the question is how much.

    I hope to hear from BOE member, Ms. Dean, whose husband Chris, is the Republican Municipal chair on this matter.

    As good intentioned as it is, it is a “knee-jerk” action, without knowing where the funds are coming to pay for this.

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  4. toad said at 10:58 pm on December 23rd, 2012:

    Send the capital police to the schools… see if those liberals in DC feel safe going into their buildings without armed security.

    The only solution is an armed and trained majority of the law abiding public.

  5. brian said at 9:44 am on December 24th, 2012:

    Doesn’t salad boy live out that way??? can’t say i blame them then, as there are proven psychos in those parts……………………….

  6. Steve said at 11:05 am on December 24th, 2012:

    Totally irresponsible to put guns in schools without a public hearing and the Mayor and BOE should be removed for this tactic. The kids are on holiday break and the local politicians have the time and responsibility to have a public hearing before enacting these measures.

  7. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » LaRocca defends police in Marlboro schools said at 12:40 pm on December 24th, 2012:

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  8. Scott said at 1:08 pm on December 24th, 2012:

    maybe they can pay for the officers by firing all the teachers. marlboro used to be known for a quality public education. now its known for its hysterical overreaction to an isolated tragedy.

  9. Not Paul Shaflin said at 1:31 pm on December 24th, 2012:

    I think there are arguments to be made both pro and con to this decision about placing armed police officers in the schools. It is unfortunate that hornick is using the Newtown tragedy as a platform for additional grandstanding. He makes it sound like it was HIS urging and HIS mandates that reached this conclusion. It WAS NOT. My understanding is that the BOE will implememnt protocols as decided with input from the local township administration. It would be nice if someone brought hornick a ladder so that he can step down from his high horse and try to gain support for a higher political position without riding the coattails of tragic events. I know that Mrs. Dean holds a position on the BOE but not sure what her husband has to do with any of this as republican chair. Do you hope to hear from anyone else on the board, Mr. Sage?Afterall, that heavy set woman, (I think BonnySue Rosenthal) is a major hornick supporter; does that deserve mention as well? Let’s try to keep politics and grandstanding out of this and reach decisions that will benefit our children, teachers and all those who are potential targets of wanton attacks by untreated individuals.

  10. Mr. Mom said at 3:39 am on December 25th, 2012:

    Marlboro schools have allowed a dangerous man on the PTA they don’t want you to know about. They are protecting themselves.

  11. Proud Republican said at 12:54 pm on December 25th, 2012:

    Hornik is such a political social climbing, politically correct little weasel. He doesn’t support the nra, yet he does exactly what they have suggested. Typical liberal democrat hypocrisy.

  12. the fat lady sings said at 5:17 pm on December 29th, 2012:

    John Hornik is a “great friend” who actively campaigned for two BOE members, ran fundraisers and did robo calls so that we could be elected. He also has his law partners as deputy mayor and council president. So that he has a stacked outcome in council votes. clearly everything he does is in the best interest of the town and THE CHILDREN. to presume otherwise is cynical and almost suggests that his actions in trumping the board in making his own public statements was designed to get him national attention prior to his bid to run for higher office in 2013.
    Shame on you skeptics.
    John, (mr. wipe away tears, like obama) would never put his own personal ambition in front of others nor would he use a national tragedy or personal gain.
    I am so upset I need to go and back another cake.