School Protection Task Force Created In PA

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf wants input from teachers, parents and state officials on how to make public schools safer.

Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced the School Safety Task Force last week at Penn Wynne Elementary School in Montgomery County, flanked by state police and school administrators.

“Ensuring the safety of Pennsylvanians, especially our children, is my top priority as Governor,” Wolf said. “I am creating a school safety task force to ensure we are doing everything we can to make sure that our schools are a safe place for our children to learn. By working together and listening to those on the front lines, we can find solutions that will improve school safety, security, and preparedness.”

The task force will hold regional meetings throughout the spring. Members will review “active shooter” drill mandates, vet policy changes, discuss the impact of increased funding and measure the effectiveness of student support, including mental health services.

“The key here is we need to listen,” Wolf told WHYY. “We don’t want to say here’s what you ought to do. We need to listen to teachers, we need to listen to law enforcement officials, we need to listen to parents, we need to listen to the students. And that’s what this task force is about.”

Wolf assembled the task force a month after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida left 17 dead and 15 wounded. The massacre reignited debate around gun control and thrust student-turned-activists into the limelight.

“There’s simply no way after Parkland that gun safety isn’t going to be part of the discussion,” DePasquale said. “But we also want to make sure that’s not the only thing we’re talking about.”

Wolf appointed four vice chairs of the task force, including Charles Ramsey, chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency and Philadelphia’s former police commissioner; Mark DiRocco, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators; Judy Morgitan, immediate past president of the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners; and Bonita Allen, president of the Pennsylvania Parent Teacher Association.

  • Joan Freda

    Consider metal detectors at the front entrance. Perhaps three of four, depending on student number, and staffed by school security. All other doors will remain locked and can only be opened from the inside, like fire doors. When first bell rings signaling the start of the school day, the front entrance will be locked down and can only be opened by being buzzed in by security only after presenting proper credentials…a photo I.D. card issued to every student and faculty member. The school would remain on lock-down the while school is in session.

    • posercom

      The left will not go for any of these common sense ideas because they want the emotional response that comes after these mass shootings to get the public to submit to gun control.

      • Steven Earle

        Screw the left our point was just proved in Maryland by an armed officer killing a would be school mass killer. Hammer that point to every leftist gun grabber and call them the child killers they are. They don’t want safe schools they want dead kids to push their agenda.

        • posercom

          I agree! And the left kills millions of babies before they even have the chance to be born and then pretend to care about these unprotected children being gunned down in schools. When Obama took office, all the communist in the democrat party came out of the closet. That is because they knew we had a communist president. After him came Bernie Sanders, another life long communist. We have a real problem in this country and people of faith better stand strong against it.

          • Steven Earle

            Right we need a communication system we can trust though. The left monitors this one and every other conservative ones and are just waiting to report any of us who say anything out of line to the FBI. Big brother is watching!

          • posercom

            Screw Big Brother and the FBI. he ACLJ defends US patriots for free. We have the constitution on our side. I have not said anything out of line. I am a free citizen of this constitutional republic and my duly elected president is cleaning out the swamp rats in the FBI.

          • Steven Earle

            I know you haven’t. I’m looking down the road at a time when another Obama type thinks it”s time to collect our guns. Or when the Antifa decides to try to commence their revolution in earnest. I’d like to know who and where my fellow Patriots are and how to assemble for the defense of the Republic and our families.

          • posercom

            Antifa is now declared a terrorist organization and globalism is collapsing all over the world. I think it is the left that needs to worry. For now I think it is a goof time to try to talk some sane people who are still voting democrat. I was a democrat for 28 years until Obama came along. I would have changed party’s sooner but I hate the Bush family as they are as much globalists as the Clintons and Obama’s. The moderates in the democrat party are starting to wake up so it is a good time to enlighten them. The recent poll showing that over 70% of Americans believe there is a Deep State controlling US, is a good sign that people are awake. I send my democrat friends articles like the one from the World Economic Forum, which is a major globalist organization.
            Their article “It’s 2030, You Own Nothing, You Have No Privacy. and Life has Never Been Better” is not in jest. It is what the globalists actually have in store for US and most voters in the democrat party are clueless about this. I also tell these uninformed voters that globalism is not about diversity, it is about uniformity; a homogenized consumer class with no ethnic, religious or national identity. That is not very appealing to most people.

          • Steven Earle

            Hope your right about globalism. When and who declared Antifa a terrorist organization? I missed that and I don’t miss much. As for the moderate Dems they blow with the breeze. As long as Trump delivers jobs and good pay they are fine. It’s the hard core leftists we need to deal with which there seems no legal route. They obey no laws but use the laws to entrap their opponents. It’s a catch 22.

  • Retied

    You need to establish and install escape routes from the class room to the exterior of the building and not to the interior of the building. Having the students huddle in closets or under desk just make them stationary targets. Additionally we need to understand what makes schools such a target rich environment for these shootings. And that alone goes beyond mental health and gun control. Liberals have avoided that issue to further their agenda to destroy the freedoms established in the constitution.

    • Steven Earle

      Right on! It’s progressive ism that must be destroyed.

      • posercom

        Yes. It destroyed our once Christian culture. These guns have been around for so long but the mass shootings began after the Bolshevik dumbing down of our Christian morals. If the left cared about the slaughter of innocent children they would be pro-life. They are not pro-life but pro-eugenics.

        • Steven Earle

          Very true. Communists believe there should be two classes in society. The rich in charge and the working class (peasants) To do this they must destroy religion, take the guns from the people and create chaos by poverty.

    • jwright673

      Wolf included. Perish the thought that we have trained and armed teachers as well as resource officers to protect our children. Wolf needs to do away with his pork projects and spend money on metal detectors at all PA schools.

      • posercom

        Wolf is a commie.

    • posercom

      It is true that the Bolshevik left wants gun control and will ignore all other common sense methods of preventing our children from being slaughtered at school. There are many very affordable instruments that can allow teachers to make the doors to their classrooms impossible to open from the outside. There are all the methods that hospitals, court houses and airports use to prevent criminal activity but the left will not promote any of these methods because they want the emotional reaction that comes after these mass shooting events to get people to submit to NAZI style gun control for the general population. .

  • posercom

    Make schools safer by bringing back education and ending the decades of communist indoctrination. All it takes is the will to make our schools safe in the same way that we make hospitals, airports and court houses safe. But for left wing radicals who hate our bill of rights, the anti gun agenda is more important than the lives of our children. They want gun control for the general population. Tom Wolf will do nothing to safe guard our schools because his ultimate goal is gun control, so it is not in his interest to prevent another one of these mass shootings at one of our schools.

  • isaiah

    Yes. It destroyed our once Christian culture. These guns have been around for so long but the mass shootings began after the Bolshevik dumbing down of our Christian morals. If the left cared about the slaughter of innocent children they would be pro-life. They are not pro-life but pro-eugenics.