The horrific massacre at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, the deadliest school shooting in the previous decade, has prompted school districts and law enforcement agencies around the nation to evaluate what steps are necessary to safeguard elementary school students.
In addition to the massacre in Texas, 27 school shootings have occurred so far this year.
In 2012, a shooter at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut killed 26 people, including 20 children as young as 6 years old.
In 2018, 17 individuals were slain at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
Some have reached their limit.
Superintendent of Madison County Schools Will Hoffman stated that school district officials within the county have been regularly updated on the new safety measures and also meet regularly with local authorities, including Harwood, for training with Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College instructors.
Madison County Schools in North Carolina are collaborating with Madison County Sheriff Buddy Harwood to install heavy-duty weapons that might be utilized in the case of a hostile intruder during the 2022-2023 school year.
Brush Creek Elementary, Hot Springs Elementary, Mars Hill Elementary, Madison Middle, Madison High, and Madison Early College High are the six schools in the Madison County school district that will be affected by the alterations.
Additionally, Hoffman has granted Madison County Sheriff officers access to school video systems that were previously solely monitored by the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC).
Sheriff Harwood has pledged to install safes containing AR-15 weapons and ammunition at the six local schools, for use by School Resource Officers (SROs) in the event of an assault.
‘We were able to put an AR-15 rifle and safe in all of our schools in the county,’ Harwood further said. ‘We’ve also got breaching tools to go into those safes. We’ve got extra magazines with ammo in those safes.’
These breaching tools are meant to breach automatic-locking school doors that can only be opened from the inside, possibly trapping students and staff in a room with an assailant.
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Harwood says his office took the step after it was revealed that poor decision-making and a lack of training on situations involving an active shooter were reported as key failures in the Texas state house’s report on investigations into the Uvalde massacre.
‘Those officers were in that building for so long, and that suspect was able to infiltrate that building and injure and kill so many kids,’ Sheriff Buddy Harwood told the Asheville Citizen-Times. ‘I just want to make sure my deputies are prepared in the event that happens.’
Uvalde cops stood in a corridor for more than an hour in June while gunman Salvador Ramos, 18, murdered 19 children and two teachers before he was shot dead, Daily Mail reports. CONTINUE READING…