Secaucus schools are now staffed by armed police officers as a costly response to the recent trend of school shootings in the United States.
As noted at Secaucus Patch on Friday afternoon, the officers were posted at all five public schools on last week and will continue as the town pursues other solutions. The officers are being paid overtime wages to guard the main doors and patrol the hallways at a considerable expense to the town.
The added security came less than two weeks after a gunman killed 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli said last week, “The safety and security of our students is a paramount concern for my administration, the School Board and our police department. I will continue to work with Jennifer Montesano, our Superintendent of Schools, to ensure the safety and security of our school systems. There is no higher priority to me than the safety of our children.”