Marion County Superintendent Reminds Parents Of Security Measures In Schools
MARION COUNTY -
December 14, 2012: The date that will forever be remembered as the day 27 people lost their lives in the second deadliest school shooting in United States history.
President Barack Obama addressed the nation on Friday.
"I know there's not a parent in America who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that I do," President Obama said.
Of the 27 lives lost, 20 of them were children.
Almost instantaneously the security of schools across the country became a major concern to not only parents, but school officials.
Marion County Superintendent Gary Price said the Newtown shooting is a tragedy that could happen anywhere.
He said he wants parents to know the schools are doing everything possible to protect their children.
"Are there steps that we have taken? Absolutely," Price said. "We have done a variety of things to try to assure that our children are safe at school."
Price said every school in Marion County is secure and people must have permission to enter them.
The schools have multiple security cameras, visitors must be buzzed in to enter the buildings, and once they are in, the schools require a credential exchange.
"They have to leave their drivers license at the principals office in order to be given an ID badge to go through out the building," he said. "We like to think that helps control the number so we are aware of who's in the building and who is not in the building."
Teachers are aware of lock down procedures and drills are held periodically.
"Any of them at any time would be the one to step up and do everything they could to help make sure their students were safe and secure," Price said.
Price said if any parents in Marion County have any concerns, they should contact the child's school or the Board of Education.
He said they are more then willing to consider any ideas that would improve safety in schools.
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