District officials say increased security, random backpack searches coming to Lindenhurst schools in wake of stabbing

Concerned parents and teachers say they are worried that the children aren't safe in the building.

Kevin Vesey

Apr 26, 2023, 3:02 AM

Updated 392 days ago

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The Lindenhurst Union Free School District is laying out an action plan after a 13-year-old student was stabbed at its middle school in March.
School officials announced increased security, random backpack searches and possible metal detectors Tuesday at a crowded Board of Education meeting.
"We have quotes for metal detectors, modern weapon detection systems, those things are very expensive," said Lindenhurst School Superintendent Anthony Davidson. "I understand people don't want to skimp on security, but can the district sustain it?"
Concerned parents and teachers say they are worried that the children aren't safe in the building.
"There doesn't seem to be any security - no one is listening to us," says Lisa Kmiotek. "We go to Board of Education meetings; they're not giving us answers to our questions."
The superintendent says they are also working closely with the Suffolk County sheriff and the police department. They will have town hall events, including parents and students starting later this week.


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