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Morning Police Patrols Requested at Newtown Elementary

According to a report on NBC 10, police patrols were requested by school officials after some parents did not follow proper drop-off procedures.

Newtown Elementary School officials are cracking down on morning drop-off procedures and have requested help from Newtown Township Police in the effort.

According to a report that aired today on NBC10, Newtown Township Police Department officers were asked by school officials to patrol the school area in the morning to enforce proper drop off procedures.

School officials told NBC10 that some parents double park and linger around the doorway instead of simply dropping off their children.

In an email to parents last week, school principal Kevin King outlined the drop off procedures, which include making sure children are ready to exit the car as soon as it stops and staying off cells phones during drop off.

"Please don’t get out of the car. Please don’t wait and watch to make sure students cross okay or make it into the building. There are two staff members on duty every day helping this process," King said in the email. "If you have to help your child or enter the building, please find a parking spot and do so."

Chief Rick Pasqualini, who was interviewed by NBC10 reporters, said since patrols became involved over the past few days, parents have been obeying the proper procedures. 

Click here to see NBC10's report.

Lisa February 20, 2013 at 01:37 PM
I wonder if I am the only person who finds this absolutely ridiculous. Police officers have more important things to do than to stand around and watch parents drop their children off at school. I hate this prison mentality that schools have where our children are locked in and we are kept out. Yhis is getting out of hand. Our children must be safe but if we treat them like prisoners with guards patroling the grounds, what is this doing to them? They will be too scared to go to school. I think I will continue homeschooling and be not have my child subjected to all this.
Frank Andrews February 20, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Lisa, you sound like a lunatic.
LA February 20, 2013 at 02:37 PM
i don't have elementary children in the district, but it seems to me that if parents are congregating around the entrance and double-parking, that makes things more dangerous for the children. Police officers patrolling during the morning drop-off is not treating the kids like prisoners. Are our children so sheltered that seeing police officers directing drop-offs will scare them into not wanting to go to school? I don't think so!
Lisa February 20, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Frank, I think you sound uneducated. I am all for making our kids safe, but why do the police need to be involved? Is the school not capable on their own to direct parents not to double park or wait to see their children go into school? My tax dollars don't need to be spent that way. I don't appreciate these knee jerk reactions by the school to lock down our kids and keep parents out. We need to go back to common sense when police didnt need to be called to patrol around a school for the morning drop off. If common sense makes me a lunatic Frank, then so be it.
stating the facts February 20, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Why not make your kids take the school bus? It's costing us taxpayers millions to provide transportation, and the buses are not filled to capacity! If the CRSD decided to cancel transportation of the kids, you people would riot in the streets! The real fact is this; every parent feels the "need" to drop off their lil' Marys & Johnnies at the school's front door. Better yet, watch the Lil darlins' walk in to school carrying their Starbuck's latte's! For gosh sakes these kids are 4th, 5th, & 6th graders! No wonder that can't get enough sleep at night - they're wired! And, don't tell me you feel safer driving your child to school! The fact is that the school buses are safer than your driving!
stating the facts February 20, 2013 at 04:31 PM
P.S. ...and the parents & school district proclaim that their community is dedicated to the "Green Movement" to save the environment! What hypocrites, as you drive your one or two children to school in your big SUV's, or gas guzzling 8 cylinder sedans, to wait in bumper-to-bumper gridlock just to walk [car idling] your darlin' to the door and kiss them good-by! If I was the school district, I would PROHIBIT student drop off! It would save on staff, cut police on site in the morning, and the start of classes would be ON TIME!
Idnar February 20, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Stating the facts, you seem to have anger issues. Whether you drive your kids to school or they take the bus , is not the issue!!!!! The issue is parents lingering and yes this is a ridiculous story to report! It may not be ridiculous to ask the police for help but to go as far as cover it as story is silly. In todays world, the rules have changed dramatically in schools and everywhere. It's no ones business why a parent chooses to drive their child to school, and that they want to make sure their little 6,7,8 yr olds get in the bldg...it is wrong to sit in the car line and wait and watch. Those parents need to park and walk them in or watch from a parked spot! Some kids have to be driven to school due to parents work schedules, getting bus sick, getting bullied on the bus etc. They are right that some parents can be really rude and inconsiderate when dropping off, but driving vs bussing is not the problem....It's parents not following the rules! On a positive note, I guess us Newtown residents should be thrilled that this is news rather than a murder, rape or robbery!!!
stating the facts February 20, 2013 at 07:11 PM
The problem is that the domestic abuse, assaults, drugs, burglary / robbery, thefts, fraud and [yes] sometimes murder, among other crimes, does take place in Newtown. The police are overwhelmed with those type of crimes! But, the people in Newtown don't want to hear about that... They can't handle those problems when confronted!
Andrew February 21, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Agreed. It's people like Frank who are the lunatics, living in fear of, and going to great expense to prevent, statistically highly improbable events. Incidentally, such people tend not to be fearful of highly probable events that do pose a very real threat to them and their children, like climate change. I strongly dislike the modern American impulse to involve police in schools. It's a bizarre, uniquely American phenomenon that other nations (including ones that do a better job educating their children) manage to do without.
Sarah February 21, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Must be a slow news day for NBC
vonna1 February 21, 2013 at 10:14 PM
well said lisa. and no, you don't sound at all like a lunatic.

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