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.