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December 18, 2012

Shooting Aftermath: Local school districts gear up for crisis plan reviews

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NEW CASTLE — WHAT IS WORKING

Like superintendents elsewhere, Todora spent Monday morning meeting with her crisis team.

“We looked at what we are doing, what is working, what we need to do.”

For the past three or four years, she said, the district had one armed security guard. Now all of the guards will carry weapons.

“We’re concerned that if someone comes in, we have no way to defend ourselves.”

She said the district followed Act 235 regarding armed guards on school property. “Our guards are all retired police officers who have handled life-threatening situations. It’s good to have them here. I feel safe in the school.”

Todora said she notified parents through the district’s messenger system to assure them there is an emergency plan in place and has had good response from local and state police when anything has happened.

“We don’t know that we’ll ever need the plan, but we believe that we are prepared.”

The superintendent said she has been called over-protective, “but I can’t believe you can be too cautious. If what we have in place prevents even one kid from getting hurt, it is worth our efforts.”

(Email: nlowry@ncnewsonline.com)

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