Newtown school shooting prompts action from Holmes County School Board

Published: Monday, December 24, 2012 at 10:06 AM.

BONIFAY — Holmes County School Board Chairman Jason Motley strongly suggested at the regularly scheduled meeting on Dec. 18 that in light of the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., the schools district’s principals should be reviewed on emergency procedures.

“We should readdress emergency procedures,” said Motley. “I understand that there’s evil in this world and if people want to do evil things they will, but we should at least try to make efforts to slow them down.”

Superintendent Eddie Dixon reminded the board that they recently held a practice drill not too long ago with all of the school staff and surrounding emergency and law enforcement agencies.

“It was held at Holmes County High School and we found there are a total of 72 sets of doors that lead to the outside,” said Dixon. “When the school was built, it just wasn’t built with that sort of thing in mind.”

Dixon said they were thinking about doing something similar again, only on a smaller scale and at a different school.

“We can’t put a price on our students’ safety,” said board member Rusty Williams. “Our thoughts are that this isn’t the first time something like this has happened and we pray and hope that it’ll be the last time, but at this time we’re hoping for the best while preparing for the worst.”

Christopher Lauen, with the Holmes County Health Department’s Tobacco Prevention, was present to present the school board with more Tobacco Free zone signs for the schools.

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