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Parents and officials to discuss school safety in Tenafly

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December 18, 2012 1:56:23 PM PST
The Tenafly superintendent will hold a meeting at 8 pm at the high school library. Parents in town lobbied for a meeting with administrators and police, to hear more about security already in place, and ask for more.

"I didn't want this moment to pass without being a catalyst for change," said Jackie Goldschneider.

Goldschneider is a mother of four, two sets of twins in Tenafly. Her older children will start kindergarten next year and she wants to be sure they'll be in a safe place.

"Anything I can do to add a layer of security between my child and the outside world, I want to do," she adds.

Following the tragic shooting of schoolchildren in Newtown, Jackie rallied friends on Facebook and contacted Tenafly's superintendent, who got back to her right away and quickly scheduled a town wide meeting on Tuesday night.

"I didn't want to spend the weekend posting photos of victims and saying this is so horrible and not doing anything," adds Goldschneider.

Parent leaders in the community also think it's important to inform parents about security already in place, and to remind them of their own responsibility.

"It's not just the school's job, it's the parents too, if you get buzzed in and someone trails behind you, you need to be strong and say u need to be buzzed in too," adds Eileen Pleva. With the PTA.

Tuesday's meeting will include the Tenafly superintendent, the police chief, and parents.

Officials say they're open-minded, and if a parent has a good suggestion for increased security, they'll consider it.

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