Security in Bibb and Houston Schools

5:37 PM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
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After the Newtown, Connecticut elementary school shooting, we asked local school systems about their security precautions.

In an emailed statement, Bibb Schools Director of Communications Donald Porter says, "Our recent Safety and Security Audit gathered experts together to offer advice and a plan on how to improve school safety. Since then we have been aggressively phasing in their recommendations. Proposals implemented this year include safety walk-throughs and regular random searches in an attempt to eradicate weapons and drugs from our campus."

Porter says that incidents like this "reinforce the Bibb County School District's commitment to do everything in our power to protect the safety of our students."

Houston County Schools Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Linda Horne says they have their own safety measures in place such as "safety vestibules."

Horne says there is one way to enter the schools: the main front door.

Hallway doors are locked and they open from the inside, but but you cannot get in from the outside.

She says 19 of 38 Houston County schools don't have the safety vestibules but they're installing those in the near future with funding from SPLOST.

Bibb County Schools' full statement:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We also extend our thoughts and prayers to their families, friends, and community.
Horrific incidents like this one reinforce the Bibb County School District's commitment to do everything in our power to protect the safety of our students. The District takes this responsibility very seriously.
Our recent Safety and Security Audit gathered experts together to offer advice and a plan on how to improve school safety. Since then we have been aggressively phasing in their recommendations.
Proposals implemented this year include safety walk-throughs and regular random searches in an attempt to eradicate weapons and drugs from our campus.
But first and foremost at this time, we call upon our employees, students and families to keep those in Connecticut in their hearts now and throughout this holiday season.


 

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