High Point school officials weigh new security measures

High Point Regional High School officials are considering ramping up security by adding a vestibule and increasing the number of security officers at the school permitted to carry firearms, a couple of the ideas floated at a community security forum held at the school Tuesday night.

The forum, which was attended by about 70 members of the public, brought together law enforcement officials including Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch, Newton Police Chief Michael Richards, and Sussex County Sheriff Michael Strada as part of a panel that also included High Point staff members and a High Point student.

The discussion, moderated by School Safety and Security Director Kevin Craig, came the same day that an armed teenage assailant in Maryland wounded two students there and nearly five weeks after the shocking deaths of 17 people at the hands of a gunman who opened fire at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

To facilitate those efforts, Craig said the school district has partnered with a software company called Share911 that enables staff members to share real-time information in an emergency