Local Parents React to Shooting
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CREATED Dec. 14, 2012
GREEN BAY, WI -- Parents around Green Bay are stunned by the news of the deadly shooting.
The Green Bay School District sent out e-mails to all administrators today, reminding them of their safety policies, to deter any violent acts from entering their schools. They say they haven't really had a safety problem since a 2005 attack threat. But each year, they add to their policies.
As Richard Franklin visits his granddaughter at her Green Bay School today, he struggles with how to explain the senseless tragedy in Connecticut.
"It’s overwhelming,” said Richard Franklin. “It makes you want to cry. Somebody sent their child to go to school, to learn, to become better citizens, and somebody took their lives.”
He says he usually feels safe sending his grandkids to school.
“You always have police presence,” he said.
And that's the reassuring feeling Green Bay Public Schools want families to have.
“We want to renew our pledge to keep children safe in Green Bay public schools,” said Barbara Dorff, the Executive Director of Pupil Services.
She said the district practices four pillars of safety:
“It would be difficult for someone to just walk into the school. It does not say that it would be impossible, and I’m sorry I can't promise that,” said Dorff.
“If somebody is determined to get into the school or something, they're going to find a way to make that happen,” said Allyson Haase, a parent of three.
The school district also does drills, a number of times a year.
“They know immediately what door to go into, what hallway to go down,” said Dorff.
Schools are always on "Level One" lockdown, with main and classroom doors always locked.