CMS addresses safety concerns after shooting

CMS Supt. Heath Morrison


by Staff & Associated Press

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 7:29 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 26 at 5:25 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Area students return to the classroom Monday after the Connecticut school shooting.

Many schools in the Charlotte area are addressing some of the community concerns in light of Friday's school shooting. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Heath Morrison explained the school district's detailed crisis plan and the how schools regularly conduct lockdown drills, to protect students and staff in emergency situations.

"Across America, we are devastated.  We do have to send our children to school," said parent Justin Brown.  "I think everybody just needs to make sure that they tighten up on their security issues."

CMS is reminding parents they work closely with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and other agencies to keep schools safe. 

"Hopefully they pay more attention to security and what's going on, so we can try and catch these things," one parent said.

They also regularly review safety procedures, crisis plans and evacuation maps to make sure staff and students know how to respond when a situation occurs on campus.

“We have to go from having conversations about what it’s going to take to keep kids safe and to take action to insure that schools are safe,” Dr. Morrison said.  “We will do what we have to do and that is to learn from that tragic occurrence.”

According to officials, safety policies are regularly discussed with principals and district leaders.

Schools around US mull security after massacre

MIAMI (AP) -- Schools around the country are reviewing security plans and in some cases adding extra law enforcement patrols to prepare for the first day of classes since a shooting massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut.  

Districts in Florida, Georgia and Alabama are among those asking local law enforcement to add patrols. Many stressed that they have safety plans that are regularly tested. 

A gunman shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Friday and killed 26 people before shooting himself. The dead include 20 children ages 6 and 7. 

In Maryland's suburbs outside Washington, Montgomery County Public Schools will have counselors available at each school Monday to help provide support.  

Officials in South Carolina's largest school district sent a note to parents Friday ensuring they have safety plans that are regularly tested for a number of possible events.