A Look at High School Safety

1 decade 1 year 4 months ago Wednesday, April 25 2007 Apr 25, 2007 Wednesday, April 25, 2007 6:41:07 PM CDT April 25, 2007 in News

Flags at Fulton High School still fly half staff mourning the victims of the Virginia Tech shootings.

Meanwhile, inside administrators are trying to learn from the tragedy.

"I think we are always reevaluating our plan, and I think in light of what happened last week, I think we will still take a look at that. We don't just wait for one thing to happen to take a look at our plan," Assistant Principal David Jones said.

"Just the shock of it and then thinking, what would happen if it was here," Fulton Principal Teresa Arms said. "I hope it never happens here."

"The best defense in situations like this and preventing situations like this is letting us know. Now in hindsight in looking at last week's tragedy, there were a lot of signs," said Superintendent Mark Enderle.

Signs that might be seen from the 29 security cameras watching hallways, doorways, and parking lots at Fulton High School.

Any motion activates these cameras to record.

"Every year, the principal and I, and our school resource officer, sit down and reevaluate and see if there is any other spots in the building that we can cover by adding more cameras," Jones said.

Other safety precautions at the school include the front door being the only one open to the public.

All other doors are locked and only a keypad code will open them.

And, visitors must sign in and wear a name badge, but Fulton administrators do have emergency plans for the worst case scenario.

"While someone was calling 911, we would be announcing a lockdown, and just lockdown all the rooms, get students into rooms and locked," Arms said.

Fulton School District also recently implemented 'Hornet Alert,' a text messaging system to alert parents of important information such as school closings, school events, and emergency information.

School administrators from all of Callaway County are meeting May 11 for the first-ever county-wide school safety evaluation.

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