Hartford Public Schools take security action following threats – NBC Connecticut

Hartford Public Schools is taking precautions to keep students and staff safe inside schools.

It comes after district leaders, including the superintendent, faced threats.

The district announced that the decision was made out of caution. For the past few weeks, school safety and Hartford police officers have been in and around schools.

Parents like Jasmine Martinez told NBC Connecticut that she agrees with the district’s decision to err on the side of caution after threats from the school.

“It makes me feel a lot better that my kids are safe,” Martinez said. “It’s really too bad that the superintendent was threatened.”

The district discovered that a school nurse allegedly made comments about LGBTQ students on social media. An investigation was opened and this nurse was placed on administrative leave on March 28.

The school system mentioned that since the suspension there has been “dishonest, biased and hostile” coverage of their medical policies.

“No one in the schools can administer medication, our medical staff cannot administer medication without a doctor’s order, without parental permission,” said Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, superintendent of Hartford Public Schools.

We have spoken exclusively with the Hartford superintendent for the first time since these threats were made against district leaders.

“A collision of feelings and thoughts as I think about ensuring we all stay safe and continue to support our students,” Torres-Rodriguez said.

Since the decision to place a school nurse on administrative leave, the district tells us it has received 50 emails, phone calls and voicemails ranging from borderline harassment to threats of physical and violent violence.

On Tuesday night, parents, students and LGBTQ advocates showed up at a school board meeting to show their support for the district’s decision to stand with students.

At Tuesday night’s school board meeting, the superintendent reassured parents that the school system is focused on student well-being.

“This board, I and our staff will continue to focus on anti-racism and anti-bias education whose work is, in fact, endless,” Torres-Rodriguez said. “This includes accepting student identities, whatever they may be, and ensuring that our students feel safe both physically and emotionally.”

The district tells NBC Connecticut that the nurse is still on administrative leave and the investigation remains active.

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Susan W. Lloyd