Acting Clymer Superintendent Says School Is Safe
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CLYMER, N.Y. — Acting Clymer Superintendent Ed Bailey says surveillance video shows the school followed proper security measures Friday September 21st, when suspected killer Anthony Robert Taglianetti entered the school building asking for a substitute teacher application.
"And he wanted to take it with him. He was passed off to the superintendent's secretary when he asked more information about the school and if Mr. Reed was available," said Edward Bailey, Acting Superintendent.
Reed was out of the building.
Bailey says he had no way of knowing whether Taglianetti intended to harm the superintendent prior to shooting him to death later that day outside Reed's home.
"He in no way seemed anxious or excitable or anything like that. He seemed to be very comfortable when he was here," said Bailey.
Members of the Clymer Board of Education met Monday to discuss searching for an interim superintendent following Reed's tenure.
"It's going to be a tough process because he was well liked and we're really afraid anyone we put in that position is going to be compared to him. We also will support that person and they know they're stepping into a tough situation," said Nancy Westerburg, School Board President.
Chautauqua County District Attorney Dave Foley says Taglianetti now has an attorney and is set to be back in court October 29th for an extradition hearing in Virginia.
"You'd hope you could get him back here as quickly as possible. Of course, my obligation is to follow the law. He has certain rights; he's indicated that he's not willing to waive that right to the hearing, so we'll proceed. We'll get it done in due time," said Foley, (R).
Bailey says the district will review its security rules and building access procedures while creating a sense of continuity for a healing community.
"Anytime there's tragedy or something of that nature, this community pulls together like none other," said Bailey.
Support shown nearly two weeks later in the form of a makeshift memorial outside Reed's home.
The school and the American Red Cross is holding a Keith Reed Junior memorial blood drive at the school Wednesday from 11 to 4.