Federal Task Force Conducts Unannounced School Lock-down Drills
Is this the new protocol for our schools? Are our kids being condition to live in a police state? Will our churches and homes soon be subjected to this kind of "Unannounced Lock-down"? -Advent Messenger Commentary
Homeland Security Conducts Unannounced Lock-down Drill at Glen Ridge High
BY Georgette Gilmore
Thursday, Mar 13, 2014
We know our children have lock-down drills. It’s a sad, unfortunate part of the world we live in. However Glen Ridge students had a lock-down drill supervised by Homeland Security!
On Thursday, March 6, a team comprised of ten officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office, and the NJ Department of Education’s Safety and Security Task Forces visited Glen Ridge High School to conduct an unannounced school lock-down drill. With the exception of Glen Ridge Superintendent Dr. John Mucciolo and Chief of Police Sheila Byron-Lagattutta, no Glen Ridge Public School personnel received advanced notice of the exercise.
After a brief interview with GRHS Principal Dirk Phillips, the federal/state security team instructed Mr. Phillips to activate the school’s lock-down protocol. The protocol was initiated, the police arrived, and the drill went off successfully.
Superintendent Dr. Mucciolo praised the GRHS administrators, staff and students, as well as the local police force for their efforts. “The NJ DOE team told us that of all the schools they have visited, GRHS was one of the best.”