To Ms. McMorrow,
My name is Laura Molfetta and I am a C. Richard Applegate School parent. Like every other parent, the crisis at Sandy Hook Elementary School has left me horrified and frightened for the safety of our children.
While I am appreciative of the Township's preparation to prevent crises and respond to emergency situations, I feel an urgent need to know what proactive steps are being taken to protect our children. I believe that this event must serve as a wake-up call to us all. A school secretary with an intercom and buzzer is no longer an adequate security measure.
We need a constant police presence in our schools.
We need metal detectors.
We need tighter regulations on who is permitted to come in and out of our schools.
We need these NOW.
As you know, the Mayor of Marlboro Township has appointed a police officer to each school in his district. Every Freehold parent that I speak to is asking the same question: "Why aren't Freehold Township Police Officers protecting OUR children in OUR schools?"
Only you can make that happen.
On the morning of December 14th, parents in Newtown, Connecticut sent their children to school just like we did in Freehold, NJ.
They packed their lunches, wished them well on their tests, told them to behave, kissed them goodbye.
That afternoon, those same parents were called to identify the remains of their precious children.
I will not sit and wait and hope that luck is on our side. Please help us protect our children. We are counting on you to make active changes to ensure student safety.
**The above letter was sent to Mayor McMorrow of Freehold Township today, Jan 14, 2013. I sent a similar letter to the Superintendent of Freehold Township Schools, Dr. Ross Kasun on Dec 14. 2012. He responded that while Freehold Township Schools "work proactively with The Freehold Township Police Department to continually improve and enhance our measures", specific emergency plans would not be shared.**
Let Mayor McMorrow know that parents want Freehold Township Police Officers placed in our schools to protect our children!!! Her email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org