The Riverhead Board of Education approved the hiring of a new security firm last Tuesday — the fourth time in the last five years that the district will start a year with a new head of security.
The board approved a one-year contract with Summit Security Services of Uniondale for an annual fee of $114,400. READ
North Fork schools and libraries are adding a new level of security to their buildings — an app.
The RAVE Panic Button app immediately dials 911 at the push of a button, while also sending notifications to other app users on site. The app has five emergency call buttons, one signaling a fire, one for a medical emergency, one for an active shooter, one to call police and one for other needs, its website reads. READ
The Board of Education held a public hearing Tuesday night on proposed changes to the districtwide school safety plan. READ
About two hours into the March for Our Lives, I experienced multiple epiphanies. In no order of importance these were as follows: that there is a difference between a march and a rally, and what I was part of was actually a rally. I thought I was attending a march and had prepared to walk for miles, if necessary. I didn’t know that I was going to stand, with as little personal space as revelers in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, without the accompanying stimulants, for more than three and a half hours, listening to the heartfelt expressions of sorrow and hope, the voices of young people, amplified from a far-away stage. READ
Last weekend, hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in Washington, D.C., and across America to protest the nation’s gun laws. Among those who spoke before the enormous crowds were survivors of the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla. READ
Several dozen Riverhead High School students took part in a national walkout Wednesday morning when they gathered together outside of the classrooms to remember the lives lost in the Florida school shooting one month ago. READ
To the editor:
Adults know the best way to teach children is by example. But we adults are the ones getting schooled and it’s time we learn our lesson — because our children are paying the price for our failures. READ
I am not qualified to describe the characteristics of weapons. I have no background in weaponry. When average people like me comment about gun laws the gun lobby (and my congressman, Lee Zeldin) quickly use semantics to, in their opinion, disqualify me. READ