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Former U.S. Marshall Screening Visitors at Framingham High

Framingham High Principal Michael Welch in a letter to parents said a former U.S. Marshall began screening visitors between 7:30 a.m. and 1:55 p.m. daily.

Starting yesterday, Jan. 14 a retired U.S. Marshall was hired to screen visitors to Framingham High School between 7:30 a.m. and 1:55 p.m., announced Framingham High Principal Michael Welch in his weekly newsletter to parents.

"The role of this individual will be to record who enters the building each day and for what reason, so that we have better knowledge and screening of visitors," wrote Welch.

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"This is a minor preliminary step in what will be a more comprehensive review of all FPS schools in conjunction with the Framingham Police, Buildings and Grounds, and principals in the district. There are many, many facets to this discussion, but rather than waiting for this comprehensive review we will be implementing this simple first step now. I believe it is a rational, logical step to take at this time requiring a minimum of fuss," continued Welch.

"For the time being," Welch wrote he was "able to secure the assistance of a retired U.S. Marshall to perform this duty."

The retired Marshall "was instrumental in developing the protocols for the protection of federal courthouses over the last 30 years. My sense is that this is sufficient training and an appropriate background," explained Welch.

Unlike the Framingham elementary schools that use a buzzer system, Framingham High does not.

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