At 1:30 this afternoon I received a phone call that the school was placed on lock-down at 11:40 a.m. The message said that it was a lock-down drill. However, there was a threat made to another student’s life. My son said that students weren’t taking it seriously because it was labeled as a “drill”. While I understand they don’t want the children to panic, I do believe that every time the school goes on lock-down, it should be treated as if there is a threat. Thankfully, this turned out to be a prank, however, if it were real, these students should not be told it’s a drill when it’s not. Part of keeping them safe is letting them know when there is a credible threat to the school until it is determined otherwise.
Don’t get me wrong, I do believe the safety of staff is very important, but I do believe that students and teachers should be told when it is a very real scenario and not a drill. One child’s blase attitude could get others killed.
Also, when should that call to parents go out? I was just pulling into the school when I received the call. How long before the all clear was given and the phone call to parents went out? When I arrived, only the school’s resource officer was there. If this was a credible threat, I would imagine more police would be there. I understand that the school doesn’t want panicked parents running up there, but I would also like to be notified the moment the school was in the clear.
When my son got in the car, he broke down crying. He was terrified today, and that broke my heart. I read from other parents on the school’s Facebook page that other students were so scared they passed out. This hurts my heart so much. Our children shouldn’t be afraid to go to school. They should be given all relevant pieces of information as well so that they can act accordingly.
Let’s work together to keep our children safe.