eBuzz: School security tightens after shooting
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Area schools are implementing tighter security measures today in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., mass shooting.
Pam Shea, Superintendent of TCSD#1, said the county schools in her district would all be under a stricter lockdown policy which would include not only main access doors but internal traffic flow would be more scrutinized as well. She said administrators addressed the Sandy Hook shooting with students briefly but the focus would be on making Monday a routine school day.
Extended security measures were also taken at the Community School. Head of School Scott Hirschfield said the front door would remain locked and access to the building by visitors would be subject to screening.
“I just spoke to our student body about the tragedy in Connecticut. We observed a moment of silence and discussed precautions that we, as a school, are taking to ensure the safety of everyone in our school community,” Hirschfield said. “In addition, I told the students to be sure to notify an adult if they perceive a threat to themselves or anyone else. Finally, I told the students that if they are experiencing a tremendous amount of fear, sadness, or anxiety regarding the events in Connecticut or their own personal safety, that they should talk to their parents or any adult in our community.”
Principles Bo Miller (Jackson Middle School) and Scott Crisp (Jackson Hole High School) also issued a press release stating that lockdown procedures at their respective schools might make for some inconvenience but asked for patience and understanding. Increased law enforcement presence will also be the norm for the foreseeable future.
“On Monday, when your child returns to school, we will be staying in close touch with all teachers as to how the students are doing. Our counselors will be available to support students, teachers, and parents as well,” Miller and Crisp wrote. “While we will not be addressing the school shooting in the classrooms as a discussion, as we feel that is a conversation parents should have with their children at home, students will inevitably be talking about it at school. Teachers will respond to student questions in a developmentally appropriate and very broad manner.”
Photo: Scott Hirschfield, JH Community School