PHS to screen visitors after intruder arrest

Portsmouth school officials sent parents two separate emails Thursday regarding the confiscation of a Taser at Portsmouth High School and a threat made by a Portsmouth Middle School student. Both incidents were reported to police. 
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PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Portsmouth School District officials released a statement to parents Tuesday about new security measures at Portsmouth High School following the arrest of an intruder last week. 

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. Police later arrested 22-year-old Marcus Schlip in the main office of the high school. Police also found a military-style knife in his possession. 

On Tuesday, school officials announced a new vetting system for allowing guests into the high school. The following memo was sent to parents: 

In an effort to provide additional safety for our students and staff at PHS, we have arranged for a security officer who will vet visitors to our school during the school day.  This provision will be in place until a buzzer/lock camera system has been installed.

Thank you for your understanding.

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