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Lockdown drills attempt to improve school safety

Lockdown drills attempt to improve school safety

March 21, 2018
Filed under Uncategorized

by Caroline Donohue '20 Lockdown drills are utilized in typical education systems to prepare for urgent circumstances where danger may be imminent. On Feb. 27, while circumstances didn’t warrant a lockdown, students and staff at Staples High School underwent a “shelter in place” due to a threat...

No worries after Staples lockdown drill

Students participate in lockdown drill during period four on Thursday, March 24.

Brett Franklin, Assistant Business Manager
March 31, 2016
Filed under News

On March 24, the interim principal, Dr. Mark Karagus, announced on the loudspeaker, “Secure the school, secure the school,” and initiated a lockdown drill for all students and staff. The lockdown occurred during period four, and a special schedule was put in place to accommodate the lockdown. Due to the events ...

Staples executes lockdown drill smoothly

Staples executes lockdown drill smoothly

Kit Epstein, Staff Writer
February 27, 2015
Filed under News

At 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, Principal John Dodig announced on the loudspeaker to secure the school for a lockdown drill. All around Staples, teachers locked the doors of classrooms and turned off the lights while students took shelter on the ground, completely out of sight from the door and ...

Lockdown Drills: Necessary, or a Waste of Time?

Lockdown Drills: Necessary, or a Waste of Time?

Haley Randich, Staff Writer
April 11, 2012
Filed under Features

“Secure the school.”             Principal John Dodig’s order reverberated through the Staples PA system last Thursday, March 29th. During period 4, students as well as staff, who had been given prior warning of the drill, locked themselves in their classrooms with the lights switched-of...

Second Connecticut school goes into lockdown within one week: Greenwich High School receives threat of violence

Second Connecticut school goes into lockdown within one week: Greenwich High School receives threat of violence

March 31, 2017
Filed under Extended Coverage, Top Stories

By Julia Rosier '18 Greenwich High School located 22.6 miles south of Staples in Greenwich, Connecticut was on lockdown on March 29, 2017 due to a threat of violence against the school written on the girls’ bathroom wall. The school went into lockdown around noon which lasted nearly four hours,...

Threats of a shooting force Darien High School into lockdown

Threats of a shooting force Darien High School into lockdown

Kit Epstein '17, Staff Writer
March 27, 2017
Filed under News, Top Stories

By Kit Epstein '17 On Friday, March 24 at 12:30 p.m, Darien High School, located 14 miles south of Staples, went on lockdown after multiple threats of a shooting were found in writing in the boys’ bathroom. According to The Darien News, there were two different threats written on the bathroom ...

Violent threats initiate lockdowns and early dismissals in Fairfield Public Schools

Violent threats initiate lockdowns and early dismissals in Fairfield Public Schools

Jen Gouchoe, Web Features Editor
October 23, 2015
Filed under Top Stories

All 17 Fairfield Public Schools went into lockdown this morning, Oct. 23, due to supposed bomb and shooting threats. Although the police department is still questioning whether or not the threats were a hoax, the schools took precautionary measures to ensure the safety of the near 10,000 students in t...

Comfortably numb: have we become complacent at the all-too-common news of school attacks?

Comfortably numb: have we become complacent at the all-too-common news of school attacks?

December 13, 2016
Filed under News

Charlie Colasurdo '18 Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook and, most recently, Ohio State. These are names of schools that were once known for being happy hubs of education. Today, these names are synonymous with mass school violence. Students wondered: Has the all-too-common incidence of violent...

Staples put under new lock and key

Staples put under new lock and key

Aileen Coyne and Bailey Ethier, Staff Writer and Editor-in-Chief
May 30, 2014
Filed under News

Almost 18 months ago, Adam Lanza shot and killed 20  elementary school students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. While the shootings have prompted a nationwide debate regarding school security,  Staples hasn’t had a lockdown drill this school year. And the first phy...

Reflecting on School Response to Sandy Hook Tragedy

Reflecting on School Response to Sandy Hook Tragedy

Ryder Chasin and Eliza Llewellyn
January 14, 2013
Filed under News, Top Stories

One month ago, on Fri., Dec. 14, crisis befell Newtown, Conn. in the form of what’s now only euphemistically known as the tragedy, the disaster—the shooting. That afternoon, Bedford Middle School held a crisis team meeting and relayed information to teachers on how to handle Monday morning. That...

What We Needed

What We Needed

Editorial
January 14, 2013
Filed under Opinions

No one can predict when something bad will happen. A month ago today, just a few towns over, 26 people were killed: six teachers and 20 children. It would have been impossible for anyone to anticipate such an event. Here at Staples, that Friday came and went. It was a confusing day, followed by an...

What It Felt Like to Be There: A Newtown High School Junior Tells Her Story

What It Felt Like to Be There: A Newtown High School Junior Tells Her Story

Cheyenne Haslett, Web Managing Editor
December 21, 2012
Filed under News, Top Stories

Click here to view the most recent Inklings issue. “So I woke up Friday morning like it was any normal day... Got to school, saw my friends... The usual...” And so begins a recount of a morning that spiraled into a terrifyingly historical event. Kim Saltzman is a sophomore at Newtown Hi...

Safety Precautions to be Reviewed in Wake of Sandy Hook Shooting

Dodig watches over students as they flood through the lobby on their way to class.

Ellie Gavin, Staff Writer
December 15, 2012
Filed under News

Superintendent Elliot Landon says that Westport Public Schools' current security precautions will be “reviewed” in light of yesterday’s horrific attack on Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., which took place just 22 miles from Westport. “The safety and well-being of our children...

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