Schools in Lockdown

By: Gary Smollen Email
By: Gary Smollen Email

Channel 6 News has a behind the scenes look at lockdowns and what parents think of the procedure.

As soon as schools are notified of a dangerous situation in their area principals call for a lockdown.

Dan Bartels says, "I was so proud of our seventh and eight graders you're talking 13 and 14-year-old kids."

A little more than half a mile away from McMillan Middle School 36-year-old Jerrod Maxwell was shot and killed with the suspected shooter fleeing the area McMillan Principal Dan Bartels set the lockdown in motion.

Outside doors were locked and secured, inside classrooms the lights are out; the students safe behind locked doors.

Lockdown procedures evolve over time but one thing is constant; once a lockdown order is given only one person can end it.

Dan Bartels says, "Only one thing releases us from a lockdown and that is me, the principal and if I'm not releasing it, it is lockdown."

Sherri Grayson likes the added security. Sherri Grayson says, "I think it is better to be safe than sorry.”

With kids scattered throughout the grade levels Grayson has seen a lot security improvements over the years and she is happy administrators take her children's safety so seriously.

Sherri Grayson says, "With so many of these incidences where you have shootings and people running trying to find a place to hide it is the best thing that they can do."

The world has changed and schools have to take quick action to ensure students safety.

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