Parent calls for increased school event security

Published 6:28 pm Tuesday, September 26, 2023

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As a former alumni and current parent of Suffolk Public School students, I am often calling into question the safety of after-school events that draw in big crowds. Watching the news with stories of shootings occurring at nearby school districts highlights a need for more safety measures, such as walk-through metal detectors and more officers. It is unfortunate to say today, there is a rising duty to help protect the students and families that attend these activities. The families present during these occasions need to have a sense of security and the reassurance of safety measures in the event of a shooting.

I am asking our city’s legislators and school board officials to have a meeting with the city’s police department to discuss how we could implement more precautions at our sporting events. It is up to the community and our city leaders to form policies that can be put in place to reduce the risk of a shooting occurring during a school sanctioned event. We should act now to prevent the possibility of a tragic incident materializing.


Sincerely A Concerned Mom,

Shanae Kelly