Area school districts react to school shooting in Newton, Connecticut Friday
From USD 437:
Auburn-Washburn takes student safety very seriously. We lock our exterior doors and have invested a great deal in creating secure monitored entrances in all of our schools. In addition we have increased our security staff over the past couple of years.
Within the past month we have contracted with an outside consultant to conduct a security audit of all our schools. No serious gaps were found in that audit. We continuously evaluate the current trends and best practices. We will continue to be diligent about safety but plan no changes to our procedures at this time.
Our goal is to create a warm, caring, inviting atmosphere for our students and the community while taking every reasonable precaution.
From USD 501:
Due to the tragic events in Connecticut, Chief of School Police for USD 501 Ron Brown says there will be an increased presence of school resource officers within the district.
Brown says District 501 recently took a very proactive approach towards school security.
He says, "Just this past summer we sent a group to Maryland in a program to discuss school danger situations such as this and we used it to compare it with our plan and to make our plan better. We work with Topeka Police all the time to discuss active shooter drills and things of that nature."
Friday morning, police were called to the Highland Park area on an alleged armed robbery. The suspect fled police and attempted to get inside Highland Park High School during school hours but was unsuccessful due to locked doors and was apprehended by school resource officers.