Schools preparing for worst-case scenarios
CAPE GIRARDEAU (AP) - School districts in southeast Missouri have been working with law enforcement agencies to ensure teachers are prepared for possible violence.
Officials told The Southeast Missourian that teachers in Cape Girardeau, Jackson and Perryville have undergone active-shooter training to help them respond appropriately if a shooting occurs.
On-site police officers also help enhance school security. In Cape Girardeau, four school resource officers are assigned to the schools. The Jackson district uses a school resource officer from the Jackson Police Department. And an officer from the Perry County Sheriff's Department is assigned to the Perry County school district.
Jackson schools have also coordinated with Cape Girardeau County to install emergency-response buttons at schools. The buttons trigger an automated announcement for authorities to go to a certain location.