Published: Fri, February 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Local schools required to complete active shooter drills

Local schools required to complete active shooter drills

Alan Wilbourn, a representative for Fayetteville Public Schools, says they complete one active shooter drill a year, at random.

The Florida shooting is prompting talks about safety in schools all across the country including schools in Central Wisconsin. Active shooter trainings are held on Lucia Mar campuses over the summer.

Just months after a gunman opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT, killing 26 people - majority children - then-Illinois governor Pat Quinn signed into law a bill requiring that all school districts in IL perform safety drills to prepare for a possible shooting.

The shooting at the high school in Florida on Wednesday will likely spur more change in school districts in the area.

Yesterday a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County walked into the building and began shooting with an AR-15 rifle. We will also have a presence at All Saints school in the village.

"The goal of that is to give teachers options, depending on the situation, so they can make a good judgment and lead their kids to safety", said Aaron Engel, district administrator for the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau school district.

Lockdowns remain common in public schools across the U.S
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We spoke with the Richland School District and found out about a new alert system called "Safe Schools". All schools also have security guards which undergo emergency plan operations training.

The plans include staff that are trained to report suspicious persons and activity, controlled access to every school building and 4,500 cameras across the school district with a live feed into the Atlanta Police Department. She said students should speak up if they know of a fellow student who may have violent tendencies.

"Now is not the time to contemplate or even suggest the removal of all school police officers from schools or create a "pilot program" at some LAUSD schools that discontinue wanding for a period of time", McKenna said.

At San Luis Coastal Unified School District, they also encourage adult-student dialogue. "Random searches can not prevent all weapons, but it does inhibit the easy intrusion".

While it's "impossible" to completely prevent someone from coming in a school with an attack in mind, he said that "what we have to be able to answer is: Do we have in place all the options that we can possibly have to ensure the safety and security of our staff and students?"

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