While the Connecticut school shooting happened hundreds of miles away, we wanted to find out how the Erie School District, would handle this kind of situation. They tell us they have a crisis response team, that looks to national trends and uses them, to help make their district safer.
As we've learned, the shooting happened during the morning announcements at an elementary school in Newton, Connecticut. At this point it is not known how the gunman entered, but reports are saying the school does a security system in place.
Now those from the Erie School District tell us that they, too have a security system in place in all their elementary, middle and high schools that include buzzer doors, captured entrances and a sign in process for each visitor. They also have their own police force, that patrols the district and has a constant presence in all the schools.
"We have a crisis response team that meets regularly and they are always looking at national trends and issues that are happening around the country," said Matthew Cummings of the Erie School Distinct. "They also do walk through with our schools and principals, meet with staff and police departments, to make sure that our schools are safe."
Cummings said that the team will meeting again very shortly, and will use this sad tragedy out of Connecticut to learn ways to make the Erie School District safer.