Parents, community learn about Whitesboro school security, social media safety

WHITESBORO, N.Y.--Parents and community members in the Whitesboro Central School District received a two-hour lesson about how school officials are protecting students.

Posted: Mar 28, 2018 11:23 PM

WHITESBORO, N.Y.--Parents and community members in the Whitesboro Central School District received a two-hour lesson about how school officials are protecting students.

The superintendent held a Community Night event to discuss the school's current safety protocols in light of recent threats and concerns. 

The first half of the program focused on Whitesboro's lockdown and lockout procedures and the preparedness trainings students and teachers must complete. Officials also discussed new plans for security updates.

"Installing security film, looking at ways to harden our entrances, all the employees will have an ID badge," Brian Bellair, Whitesboro's superintendent said. "We're looking at upgrading our phone system, which is really the first step for us to develop an integrated security system."

Social media safety and parent responsibility encompassed the second half of the evening. A police detective from the Rockville Centre Police Department in Nassau County spoke about the dangers of technology, trends in social media apps, and laws pertaining to youth and the internet.

"Meet Me, Whisper, all those types of apps are basically not used for anything good," said Det. Nick DeLuca. "It's used to talk to strangers. You have to understand that when you give somebody a cell phone these days, it's not just giving them a phone to call home, you're giving them a tool that can basically do a lot of things."

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