Safety first for New Pentucket Regional HS graduation
WEST NEWBURY, Mass. (WHDH) -- Saturday morning, chairs will be filled with the happy faces of the graduating class of New Pentucket Regional School. But before the processions can begin, safety checks are being put in place.
The school’s superintendent, Jeff Mulqueen, is putting safety first. After the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut last December, school officials said they aren’t taking any chances. There will be police stationed at the gates that will conduct searches, among other safety precautions.
“We have a K9 unit that will be able to come in, make sure that the interior and exterior is completely safe. After that search, then we secure the facilities both outside and inside,” said Mulqueen.
The checking of bags is a familiar scene at the airport and sports stadiums, but you wouldn’t expect it at a high school graduation. Police from West Newbury, Groveland and Merrimack will be doing checks and people with large bags may be turned away.
Pentucket Regional High School principal, Jonathon Seymour, said there doesn’t seem to be any complaints.
“I haven’t gotten any. I think we’re trying to be reasonable here and I think people appreciate the fact that we’re just taking some precautionary steps,” said Seymour.
And parents agreed.
“I think it’s good to have a little bit of extra security, but not go overboard,” said Margaret O’Regan, whose child is graduating this year.
Nearly 300 students will get their diplomas Saturday.