Tom MurphyFeb 21, 2018, 2:21 pmFeb 21, 2018, 11:37 pm

Police provide extra security at middle school in Mahwah following shooting threat

Mayor Bill Laforet had called for an armed patrol officer in every school in the township

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MAHWAH — Multiple police officers were on patrol outside Ramapo Ridge School on Wednesday as Students headed back class Wednesday morning for the first time since parents found out about a threat made against the school months ago.

"We need badges in schools," said Mayor Bill Laforet. "Not bullets."

Over the weekend, Laforet announced the idea of adding an armed patrol officer in each school, but the school district denied that request, saying the Mayor's request was made without input or discussion from the school district or police department.

Mayor Laforet has suggested placing Security Resource Officers in schools.

"Guns are not the issue. The relationship between law enforcement and children is a very good thing," Laforet said. "The idea of an armed person in the school is not so much the answer as it is for a person who can connect with the children while he's doing his job."

The discussion of security at the town's schools will continue at the next Mahwah Board of Education meeting, Wednesday February 28 at 7 p.m.

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