NBC Report Tests School Safety 1 Year After Newtown Shootings [VIDEO]

Livingston's Mount Pleasant Middle School was among the many schools in New Jersey and New York involved in the report.

Written by Michael D'Onofrio and Eric Goodman. 

An NBC investigation shows just how easy it is to gain access to several schools throughout New Jersey and New York.  

NBC's "Today Show" put school security procedures to the test in a special report to mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.  

The report by Jeff Rossen, a national correspondent for the "Today Show," aired today. Rossen attempted to enter five schools in New Jersey, including Livingston's Mount Pleasant Middle School, and New York. 

While Livingston was among the schools “that did everything right" regarding safety procedures, according to the district, Rossen was able to gain access to a school in Maplewood and walk around the school's hallways for several minutes before being questioned. 

What do you think about the report, Livingston? Is this an appropriate way to test school safety measures? Share what you are thinking in the comments section below. 

On Thursday, Dec. 5, Rossen was buzzed into the main entrance of Tuscan Elementary School in Maplewood. In the video, Rossen intentionally did not check into the main office and proceeded to wander the hallways. He even poked his head into a classroom to ask a teacher for directions at one point. 

The incident has stirred up concerns of school safety in Maplewood. 

“I found last week's events disturbing on many levels,” said Maplewood PTA President Alan Stephenson. “I know safety issues at Tuscan are of paramount importance to you all, especially after last week’s visit from the investigative reporter.”

Rossen also gained access to Livingston's Mount Pleasant Middle School that day, but was immediately stopped and questioned by staff. 

When Rossen was buzzed into Mount Pleasant Middle School, he again attempted to walk the hallways without signing into the main office. However, he was spotted by a staff member and questioned upon entering the building, said Superintendent John Alfieri. 

“Immediately one of our secretaries jumped up and caught him,” Alfieri said. 

Paula e. Lyden December 14, 2013 at 08:47 AM
This is great, but after a yr people question our school security?. I questioned it last year right after the Newton incident and livingston assured that they security system was in place. People don't realize how easy it it to enter a school building. Even with security systems. If an intruder wants to get in the only thing they would need to do is shoot the doors. Come on people....
john anthony prignano December 14, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Paula Well said . New security locks on every classroom door , surveillance cameras , identification protocols, security guards, 20+ yearly drills { including intruder in building } ALWAYS we hear " We are employing cutting edge technology, and state of the art procedures and protocols" and the man was confronted by a ....sec...NO! Not a security guard! He was confronted by a secretary. The other scenario is even worse. But neither incident should surprise anyone. And Paula, when the man was confronted, how did the people who confronted him know with any certainty that he was who he said he was ?? What responsible person would do that - quite possibly instigate a series of terrifying events that could lead to who knows what? Intruder in building alert, a lock down, an emergency response team called, an evacuation, a building search, etc.etc.???


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