Monday, August 8, 2022

What really happened in Uvalde

 Last night CNN did an hour long show explaining the time line of the law enforcement response or the lack of at the school. It was a powerful and deeply disturbing fact based show by CNN and Anderson Cooper. The show is not "on demand" on CNN cable nor is it on the web site. 

I have still not heard from the SC Chair and have not heard that the FPS's are working to correct the doors that don't lock and the lack of surveillance cameras in all of the schools. The school's security chief doesn't seem to have a plan to adequately address the lessons learned from Uvalde, nor have the two PTO presidents, both of which haven't responded to my legitimate questions.


At August 8, 2022 at 3:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw a city council meeting where some guy in charge of building security said he does not have enough money to put cameras in the parking lots at schools here in Framingham because he needs so many cameras for in the schools. So why has none of this been done before? Sounds like a pretty big failure for the city to not have that type of basic protections in our schools. Your thoughts on that Jim?

At August 8, 2022 at 3:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched that show It was a fair and clear representation of the facts as we know them showing all the times these people in law enforcement in Uvalde were caught in a lie. What we have yet to hear is how this happened, and what the consequences are going to be. These grown law enforcement officers stood around smoking and talking while listening to gun shots from a classroom full f 9-11 year olds. Explain that to me, but more importantly, explain that to the parents of those kids who did not make it out alive

At August 8, 2022 at 3:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time for a public hearing in Framingham about the status of our schools. I am surprised someone like Nicole Doak has not demanded this already

At August 8, 2022 at 3:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Souza can't answer a question about the schools as chair of the school committee but expects to get my vote for state rep? Is she kidding?

At August 9, 2022 at 12:17 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

The other lesson learned from this horrific event is the importance of body cams and security cameras. As history tells us, body cam footage is critical in determining the facts surrounding police encounters with the public. And in the case of Uvalde, both body cams and security cameras have captured (in real time) the truth of what really happened that day and identified flaws in the response by law enforcement and school resource officer. .

God help us if anything where to happen here as a result of lackluster attempts by those in power to just wait for problem areas to be fixed.

Clearly the ruling party is too concerned with the upcoming election to demand action from the SC and administration.

At August 9, 2022 at 2:25 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree about the school committee chair focusing her attention in places unrelated to schools. To be honest, I would have likely voted for her, but I think she should have stepped down as the chair during her campaign to be fair to those who elected her to the school committee, and those who elected her chair. None of us can serve two masters. You can not be effective at doing your paid job (does she have one?), doing her elected job, and running for another office.

At August 9, 2022 at 2:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we need to insist as a community that those in positions of authority with the schools be much more transparent about what the policy and procedures are in place in the event of an issue. I suspect, I hope, that we are much better equipped and prepared than Uvalde was, but I also now know there are holes based on what I heard at a city council meeting about not having enough money in the budget to install the cameras that should be installed, and yet I have not heard anyone on the school committee or the city administration address that issue. What are they waiting for?

At August 9, 2022 at 2:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont think anyone knows what the future holds as far as school shootings but we should be preparing as if we know one is going to happen here. Scary thought, but better to be prepared instead of surprised

At August 9, 2022 at 4:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No comment on the raid at Mara Largo Jim?

At August 10, 2022 at 11:14 AM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

It's my understanding that FPS has money to at least fix the doors that don't lock properly. I seem to remember schools got funding for cameras years ago and it was on going in recent budgets.
If it weren't for those security cameras and the body cam recordings we may have never know for sure what happened and when it happened.

At August 10, 2022 at 11:26 AM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

From what I have read, Garland and a Trump appointed federal judge approved the search warrant. The FBI removed another bunch of boxes from Trump's home that were classified documents that belonged to the presidential archives.
Trump and his lawyers knew what the search warrant was all about but did not release the supporting paperwork in the search warrant to the public.
My guess is that there is way more to the story that we don't know. And I'll bet there's a whole box load of incriminating evidence of criminal behavior.
I just heard Trump is claiming 5th amendment privilege in the NY State tax fraud case. And again, more evidence of criminal behavior will come out.

At August 10, 2022 at 12:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are the next steps for school safety in Framingham? Anyone seen an official plan at all?

At August 10, 2022 at 3:11 PM , Blogger jim pillsbury said...

I haven't seen anything from the SC. I did some checking and found the 2022 capital budget plan and the 2023 budget estimates. I didn't recall hearing that these budget items were done or in process.

Security Enhancements at multiple schools including security cameras and electronic door access systems - $250,000 ● This request will further support and enhance the already robust security systems and measures at all schools. This includes enhancement function modules, badging system upgrades, wireless indoor/outdoor lockdown system, alarm upgrades, and access controls for doors.

2023 FPS budget
SAFETY AND SECURITY The Office of Safety and Security primary goal is to provide a safe, secure, disruptive-free learning environment for all who attend Framingham Public Schools. The primary role of the Director of Safety and Security is to support students and staff with any safety-related issues, concerns, or problems. The Director provides a highly visible service by distributing information and assistance to the school community in order to sustain the integrity of Framingham Public Schools rules and regulations through necessary and appropriate enforcement actions. The Office has established communication and coordination with local, state, and federal agencies with respect to safety and security planning and training. Core Responsibilities:
● District Wide Implementations ○ Evaluate current procedures and practices relative to security and safety and suggest alternative methods for security operation improvement. ○ Perform audits of security related performance and conduct physical surveys of lighting, security cameras, emergency communication system, including security equipment condition, communication, etc. ○ Prioritize the long-term plans/actions and the budgetary needs of the district
● Continue the Implementation of the Emergency Response Plan ○ Assist in preparation of Emergency Management and Contingency Planning with local authorities. Continue to work on interdepartmental communication and collaboration on the District plan ○ Security Training for students, faculty and staff. This will include a proactive approach to responding to a crisis ○ Provide education on preventive measures related to school and community safety. This will include suggestions to all Professional Development Day options
● Respond to Emergency Incidents throughout the District.
● Proactively work with the City of Framingham Public Law Enforcement, Fire and other agencies as it relates to the Framingham Public Schools, FPS Offices of Building Grounds and Transportation’s Safety and Security.


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