Parents of Sup. Schools Notice Increased Police Presence

By KBJR News 1

December 20, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) - While the drive to revisit school ground security has grown in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, some parents are finding comfort in the extra enforcement.

James Patzer has two children enrolled in Northern Lights Elementary; a 1st and 4th grader. Patzer says he's noticed about a half–dozen police on hand during the school's holiday concert Thursday, and that, following the tragedy at Sandy Hook, it's understandable.

"When you're dealing with 20 small children that have lost their lives because of just one person, you realize that it can happen to anyone," said Patzer, walking home from the holiday concert.

While some parents said the increased presence is an unfortunate sign of the times, Patzer says he's comforted by the decision.

"It's comforting. One liaison officer can only do so much—you can't cover every exit of the school. A half–dozen police... may not be able to cover every exit. But, you've got a better chance at stopping something from coming in," said Patzer.

The school district and police department say that the decision is pro–active, and not in response to any substantiated threat. But, both groups admit there have been rumors of threats related to Friday's end of the world prophecy.

Regardless, coordination and communication is on board to be boosted, including increased use of walkie–talkies between more key school officials and police.

"We have found those to be incredibly beneficial at our high school, where we utilize them the most," said Superior school district administrator Janna Stevens following Wednesday's meeting between the district and the Superior police.

Installing a new security door buzzer system on the three remaining school buildings that don't have one is also being brought to the board.

"We'll be looking to discuss that with the board members, because there is a cost to that piece," said Stevens.

And, while the measures are in the name of increased security, officials insist in no way was the old system out–of–date.

The current police presence on Superior school grounds is expected to remain the same going into holiday break.

Meanwhile, additional patrols and uniformed officers will be visible around Superior Schools on Friday, Dec. 21.

Police say they've investigated reports of theatened violence between rival groups of highschool students.

The investigation revealed no plans of violence at Superior Schools.