School adds security because of intruder

In Uncategorized on September 15, 2008 at 12:20 pm

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Staff Writer

RIDGEWOOD — Security has been upgraded at Benjamin Franklin Middle School after an early-morning incident last week in which a man entered the building and was subsequently charged by police with making terroristic threats.
A full-time security guard has been hired to stand at the front entrance of the school, beginning today. monday

The security measures were detailed in a letter to parents from Principal Anthony Orsini.

Police said the intruder – who is known to police – resisted arrest at about 8:30 a.m. last Monday after they were called by school staff who noticed he did not belong in the building on North Van Dien Avenue.
In addition to the terroristic threat charge, the man was charged with criminal trespass, resisting arrest and possession of a weapon for unlawful purpose. He was taken to Bergen Regional Medical Center for evaluation.
Orsini’s letter said the security measures, which include restricted entry into the building, are immediate. to the community,” the letter said. “We are also working with police to ensure that the individual will not be able to come near the building in the future.”

The security guard will wear a polo shirt with the word “security” on it and will be posted inside the school’s front entrance from 7:30 a.m. to 8:05 a.m., with a line of sight to the exterior of the building, the letter said.
The guard will patrol the grounds from 2:45 p.m. until the end of his shift and will be on the premises during recess and some physical education periods.
Key staff also will have “the ability to have radio communications at all times so that people can be diligent in all parts of the building,” the letter said.
Visitors should enter the building through entrances equipped with buzz-in capabilities, the letter said, and immediately report to the main office, or security will be called.

  1. It will be difficult, if not impossible, for the BOE to justify why BF has a security guard and GW does not. Therefore, expcect to see security guards at every school within the next 30 days.

  2. While we are at it let’s install metal detectors.

  3. I think the security procedures should be improved based upon last weeks incident, but this is a bit of overkill and frankly a waste of money.

    I hope he is part time and only hired for 30 minutes 2x a day when the doors are unlocked.

    As usual, the response is inappropriate… either too little or too much.

  4. “I hope he is part time and only hired for 30 minutes 2x a day when the doors are unlocked.”

    If the newspaper article is accurate, he/she will be there all day (recess, phys ed periods, patroling grounds, etc.).

  5. Let’s see the principal and gym teacher knew the young man and said he was not a threat and was only there to apologize to a teacher he had years ago.

    Now, we all know he is not playing with a full deck. However, the police version is strangely different than the one given by school personnel.

    One tends to believe the school principal in this case. He was there the whole time.

    All this commotion is overblown and unwise. It stirs up controversy were none exists and diminishes our quality of life by its over reactive responses, i.e. the security guard.

  6. why would you tend to believe the school princpal….he was just trying to calm upset parents….he has a reason to gloss over the facts if they are disturbing….

  7. Unfortunately, we live in an age where we have no choice but to instal these new measures. If something like this were to happen again … at any R’wood school … the ambulance chasers would be suing the Village for millions.

  8. That’s it America! Live in fear and trembling. What Osama didn’t instill, we’ll leave for the lawyers.

  9. Kudos to the admin. Creative way of adapting to the situation.

  10. Maybe we’ll get an intruder with a better math program. That would be a big help!

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