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County Police Patrolling Schools Without Resource Officers After Connecticut Shooting

Baltimore County Police have instituted a "Keep a Check" program for schools without resource officers.

Baltimore County Police are increasing patrols at local public schools without resource officers after a Friday morning shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz posted on his Facebook page that the police department has instituted a "Keep a Check" program for all Baltimore County schools without resource officers. Police will drop by every school, walk through and ensure that everything is secure.

Kamenetz writes that the walk-throughs will occur multiple times per shift. He notes that Police Chief Jim Johnson is keeping in regular contact with national law enforcement officials and Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent S. Dallas Dance.

The officers will continue the patrols beyond Friday for an unspecified amount of time, the county executive wrote.

Louise Rogers-Feher, a police spokeswoman, confirmed the increased patrols.

"They’ve been directed to go to the schools, talk to the principals, make an appearance so that people realize that we know what’s going on," she said.

A gunman allegedly killed 27 people, including 18 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, according to Newtown Patch. The gunman was reportedly found dead inside the school.

Charles Herndon, a Baltimore County spokesman, said there is no threat to Baltimore County schools but Dance and Johnson had thought the additional patrols were needed as a precaution and to alleviate worry. He noted that the schools without resource officers were primarily elementary schools.

"On behalf of Baltimore County Public Schools, I send our heartfelt sympathy to all the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School who are mourning the loss of life of their children and loved ones," Dance said in a release. "We are saddened and outraged by the tragedy."

According to the statement, Dance has asked the school system's department of safety and security to review current crisis plans.

Holton F. Brown December 16, 2012 at 03:50 PM
right on steve .. while tha mainstream media friday was doing this as a straight disaster story .. sean hannity was saying : "now there will be certain people who will politicized this incident.." he was the FIRST one to "politicize" ..
Holton F. Brown December 16, 2012 at 03:56 PM
to eastside .. you absolutely right bring back the death penalty ... would done a lot of good at newtown .. oh, that's rightr .. he took his own life .. and seriously .. looking at the one's that didn't cap themselves .. a nut or sociopath doesn't really give a damn about the deadly drip .. and even then it just might be a case of a modified "suicide by cop" only letting the state being the doer.. and of course you have to take into account thge death penalty has on suicide bombers.. get the point?
Arbutus Town Crier December 16, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Our greatest Generation WW2 Vets grew up with many guns in there houses. why didn't this happen back then? There was one or two occasions tragedy has happened in the 1930's, but when media tells us an inanimate object was the cause. that just don't cut it. In Arbutus people were painting cleaning up the neighborhood from the "direct cause". Arbutus was brainwashed to only look at the DIRECT CAUSE until the hand made park bench was broken and vandalized. Then the community realized that it was "ROOT CAUSE"! human behavior and started to change the way to deal by banding together being neighbors looking out and reporting suspicious behavior, attacking root cause. Everyone see's the DIRECT CAUSE but fail to look at the ROOT CAUSE. I noticed this tragic event that the media may have turned away from blaming inanimate objects? Humans are able to adapt just look at the gangs with guns..............
Dennis Gilpin December 16, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Covering the news is one thing. To ask how many times a child might have been shot is hardly any comfort to the grieving families.The more they focus on the shooter the more it opens up the door for another "sick' person to see it as an attention getter. We never heard of a school shooting until the first one. Now persons walk into schools and use them as platform for international attention.The media will go into the "reasoning" for his actions.Let the local authorities deal with the "reasoning" and leave the poor families have the space they need to deal with this tragedy.
Steve December 16, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Faux News is trying to spin an absolute tragedy into an "Assault on Our Constitutional Rights".....
Eastsider December 16, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Liberal thoughts.........
Buck Harmon December 16, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Holton...you did not challenge the point that I made...think about it..
Arbutus Town Crier December 16, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Holton F. Brown Fort Hood, is a great example, the cause of the shooting was due to being political correctness fails natures/human reasoning. They were aware of the issues that the killer had issues but failed to do the right thing even moving him to another base. It could have been avoided if the took the DIRECT CAUSE of this man actions and correct it by ROOT CAUSE. By moving him to another base allowed let his mind to manifest to another level, changing his action of ROOT CAUSE to manifest to a greater DIRECT CAUSE. Failure is humanity! The failure to cure or change help or the root cause But keep these tragic actions by misdirecting the issue to the inanimate object. WE will see this again and again or that's why we are seeing it again and again. Go ahead and blame the inanimate object and we will see more.
Holton F. Brown December 16, 2012 at 05:06 PM
for no ... I did challenge your premise .. you just didn' read it that way .. whether or not the mainstream media covers it ..the slaughter will get out some way .. I spent 41 years in the news business and I know .. keeping 26 people dead suddenly will not be kept quiet .. and actually .. hushing it will push nuts to go "grand scales" .. in other words, nut thinks 26 didn't make NBC Evening News, let's go for 100 at a nationally televised football game... censoring a horrific event is not possible..so your premise is not doable..
Holton F. Brown December 16, 2012 at 05:12 PM
to dennis .. no where did I hear or see any mention of wound counts .. the connecticut state ME did say in a briefing berfore any queries allowed that no details on the atopsoes such as placement and number of bullet wounds will be disclosed for obvious reasons" .. and NBC stated that they (NBC) will not seek interviews with family members of the victims or first respondrers out of deference to their feeling. If they desire an interview, they shoud seek us out."t
Steve December 16, 2012 at 05:15 PM
"The people who fight and lobby and legislate to make guns regularly available are complicit in the murder of those children. " Read more: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/12/newtown-and-the-madness-of-guns.html#ixzz2FEh24bJL
Eastsider December 16, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Now that's a stretch Steve........
Holton F. Brown December 16, 2012 at 05:20 PM
having dealt with this type of thing in my career .. families do want the public to know what happened .. they seek companionship in mass mourning .. they want someone to share their grief anf suffering .. they want to be left alone.. but not be ignored .. as for the Local authorities..this is a national event .. no long a locxal event ... FBI .. ATF .. FEMA (yes.. have to check for future refernce for first responder reaction.. counseling) .. NSA and DoDInt (for computer reconstruction) ....and a bunchor other folks ..and I bet there's a task force just working on the Russian semi-auto shotgun that was stashed in the nut's car trunk ...
Eastsider December 16, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Steve do you have the same feeling about alcohol, tobacco and drug company lobbyist?
Holton F. Brown December 16, 2012 at 05:47 PM
even though I'm in favor of stricter (but not total) gun control, I have to agree with eastsider... you can't blame the advocates on either side .. steve's stand is like saying those who support the war are responsible for abu grahe.
Steve December 16, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Another "Obammy Gunna Git Yor Guns!" Gun Nutter with 40+ guns and $100,000 worth of ammo is arrested for threatening to shoot up an elementary school. http://news.yahoo.com/ind-man-47-guns-arrested-school-threat-164928349.html .....and the beat goes on..
Eastsider December 16, 2012 at 05:57 PM
What is stricter gun control? Is it banning large capacity magazines? A proficient shooter can squeeze off just as many rounds with 8 to 10 in a clip carrying multiple clips as I can with a few larger clips. Is the answer tighter control on who can purchase weapons? I would agree more training and qualification for ownership. Is it banning certain types of weapons? What is the answer?
Dennis Gilpin December 16, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Holton, In an interview with the chief Medical examiner the question was asked if there were more than one instance. where some children were shot more than once. He did say it did happen. Reporting the news is good to get the "message" out. Sometimes the reporters fall over themselves trying to get all the information out regardless if it affects the investigation or infringes on the privacy of the grief stricken families.Lets hope the message gets out that this is not the way to solve a problem. As you said, don't need a person looking to outdo the body count in every instance.
RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT December 16, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Ravens time, but good stuff. Interesting the most powerfull man in the world who sets values and who has an administration clearly lacking in values is somehow powerless to change the culture. By 2016, our country will have 24 years of a President with questionable or poor morals and values. Our country is now showing this lack of values in society every day. Go to a Walmart or Giant anywhere around the Metro area - you can clearly see this lack of morals, values, etc. Two interesting items - the day before the tragedy, the little fellow representing Obama at a news conference was asked about the Unions beating up and destroying property in Michigan. He played if off, no big deal. Does not codemn this behavior. And you wonder why society has no morals? If you where the "D" on your chest, you will not be held accountable. I had commented that Obama was clearly upset - would this change his antics and if so how long? Well, what happened. Hillary Clinton has a concussion and is unable to speak about Libya on Thursday. How convenient!
Steve December 16, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Well, don't let a woman amass an arsenal of firearms when she lives with a mentally unstable person for one.
Eastsider December 16, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Frank, In this tragic incident the death penalty would not have changed anything. But with the day to day murders it may be a deterrent.
Michael Zang December 16, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I would expect a police presence and patrol after any incident like this. It's SOP. This is a good thing that we have BCPD.
Sam Battle December 16, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Hey....mjmikej, let me ask you how in the world can u drink this kool-aid you r being handed by the bcpd when they do not even have enough officers to cover partrols at times and takes forever to respond to calls as it is and while these same officers are walking school grounds this will open more windows for criminals to attack and have more time to escape while these officers area trying to get back to their cars to respond..good attempt at public relations..but we know the truth..and this is only trying to get the cows once they are on the loose..
Honeygo Hal December 16, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Eastsider - don't try to put words in my mouth. I never said nor thought about rehabbing any one. I want the violence to stop - whatever it takes.
Holton F. Brown December 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM
yeah..but... Sam .. imagine the screams from the right if the county cops didn't respond with coverage .. but i mean after all .. what good are unarmed teachers and resource cops .. except.. maybe for back in august at perry hall.... the right blew a big chance for armed school personnel to get in some colateral damage scores ..
Holton F. Brown December 16, 2012 at 11:35 PM
even as a gun owner myself .. i can't see the need for 30 round and even 100-round clips..but then there are those say those clips are needed for an uprising to throw out the socialist guvmint .. to those I Say:Repeat after me--armwed insurrection is treason, for which the penalty is death!
Buck Harmon December 17, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Good point Holton...perhaps I should have spoken to the way that very bad news is sensationalized ...more about ratings, sponsors...money.
Sharon Stanton December 17, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Well, this began as a "response" to police patrolling schools that do not have resource officers, i.e. most elementary schools. As always, it becomes a battle of "who's opinion on whatever is the correct one or about politics". I work in a Baltimore County high school; yes we do have a resource officer. One person only! Can he be everywhere in this building at one time? Not hardly. Having officers in the buildings may somewhat deter a "crazy" from coming in; I seriously doubt it. But closing off easy access to all the schools needs to be a priority. Mr. Herndon says "there is no threat to Baltimore County Schools". Where does he sit? In a locked office? What happened at Perry Hall High School to start off our school year? We in the schools are greatly concerned about the childrens' safety while in the buildings as well as our own safety. There needs to be more security in all of them, be it locking all the doors and access by identification only or by police presence, or just always being vigilent by all of us within of unfamiliar people in the buidlings. And to Mr. Herndon and all you others above that rattle on about no problem, gun control, politics, and everything else should realize that bantering back and forth will not solve this problem. Work on something constructive with positive actions for solving the problem. Truthfully, i don't really know what will. But I hope and YES pray that we find solutions; ones that don't take years to enact!
Cliff Burris December 17, 2012 at 03:07 PM
When you watch tv today, the government doesn't allow you to watch someone taking a drink of the alcohol product they are selling; the government doesn't allow you to see a commercial about cigarettes .... Where is the outcry of our rights being taken away???? Yet, the government can't be trusted to ban certain weapons, or impose restrictions on certain firearms being sold to potential nutcases ,,, to protect our precious little children or grandchildren???? (Hasn't everyone saw the pictures of those little innocent beautiful 6 and 7 year-olds that were shot for no reason in CT????) Which rights taken away from us, and violated, would be worse??????? (1) Not being able to watch someone take a drink of Samuel Adams on a tv commercial - take a puff of a Marlboro on tv .....OR (2) Banning the sales of AR15's or other assault rifles, and yes, even 9mm handguns to the general public ..... If Noah Pozner were still around, I wonder what his opinion would be .......
Buck Harmon December 17, 2012 at 03:33 PM
No matter how much we try to control it...the solution can only occur naturally... I would liken this event to a head on crash between a tour bus full of seniors and a school bus full of children...caused by alcohol and prescription drugs...It's terribly tragic but no law can possibly stop the accident.

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