Parents question security after school intruder

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — On Tuesday morning, a 22-year-old former student was arrested at Portsmouth High School after allegedly trying to gain forceful entry and assaulting a teacher. Many parents turned to social media Tuesday, questioning why the high school did not initiate a lockdown. 

On Jan. 30, at 9:09 a.m., Portsmouth police responded to Portsmouth High School’s new gymnasium for a report of an individual that allegedly assaulted a school teacher.

According to police, 22-year-old Marcus Schlip demanded entry to the new gym. Schlip reportedly was referred to the main office by a 27-year-old teacher. As Schlip was being denied entrance into the gym, he allegedly punched the teacher in the face as she was holding the main door to the gym, police said.

Schlip then allegedly pushed through the entrance and kicked the teacher multiple times. Officers’ arrived on scene and located Schlip sitting in the main office of the school; at which time, he was taken into custody for the assault. 

After news broke about the incident, many parents turned to social media to question why the high school was not put on lockdown. The following comments were posted on social media Tuesday. 

Colleen Barbery Crotteau The school did not go into lockdown mode. Can anyone explain why? This put all of our students in danger.

Jimmy Roggero Time to review our security measures so everyone knows what to do!

Christina Richardson The whole school should have been put on lockdown.

Portsmouth Press reached out via email to school officials late Tuesday evening. As of Wednesday, Portsmouth Press has not received a reply. 

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