Date: Fri 26-Dec-1997
Security Tightened At The Middle School
BY STEVE BIGHAM
Newtown Middle School has beefed up security following two incidents where an
unidentified stranger was seen in and around the A-wing locker rooms.
Neither incident involved any strange behavior by the individual or
individuals, so school officials are cautious about blowing the issue out of
proportion. Nevertheless, principal Les Weintraub has taken steps to ensure
that any further incidents do not happen.
"We're taking this very serious," he said Monday. "We're taking appropriate
Last week, parents of students from all Newtown schools were sent a letter
from Superintendent of Schools John R. Reed. Its main purpose was to avoid the
spread of rumors throughout town about what actually happened. As it turns
out, both incidents were very minor.
On one occasion last week, members of the girls' basketball team spotted a man
in the boys' locker room as they stood on the court. Their coach confronted
the person who graciously left, saying he had only come in to use the school's
rest room facilities.
On the second occasion, members of the same team spotted a person, but this
time the coach found no one.
Both incidents occurred after school, around 4 pm. The Newtown Police are
investigating the sightings. Last month, a student reported being accosted by
an adult male in another area of the building. The student left the area and
reported the incident.
The description of the adult sighted this week is a white male, approximately
5'8", medium build, dark blonde hair, with a mustache and/or goatee. The
police said this description differs significantly from the one given for the
incident in November.
Since these incidents, most school doors have been locked and a security guard
has been brought in to watch the building after school.