Chelsea IrizarryApr 17, 2018, 11:00 pm

Students, parents, authorities come together in community town hall

‘The conversation should never stop’ some say in regards to school safety, stricter gun laws


PLAINEDGE — The school shooting in Parkland, Florida, where 17 students and faculty members were killed sparked a national conversation. A special town hall was held at Plainedge High School in Massapequa on Tuesday night to continue the conversation in regards to stricter gun laws and what should be done in the case of an active shooter situation. Educators, law enforcement, mental health professionals, parents, and students shared their thoughts and concerns on moving forward.

“The conversation should never stop,” Plainedge Schools Superintendent Ed Salina said. “I have over 4,000 students and staff come in and out … every day.” He says that the district has worked hard to enhance security at the schools over the last several years.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder also joined the conversation, who said that having a plan is essential to an emergency situation.

“Technology is key, response time is key, but training is the most important part of it that we all know what to do if that act happens,” he said.

Students said that they will continue to push for change and safety.

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