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DeKalb Schools Would Notify Parents Through 'Every Means Available'

In the aftermath of Friday's horrific Connecticut shooting, Patch asked DeKalb County's school system how it would handle such an event.

As parents in Newtown, CT, and across the nation cope with Friday's horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Patch asked DeKalb County School Spokesman Jeff Dickerson how the system would notify its parents should the unthinkable ever happen here:

"We would notify the parents of the school where the incident occurred, using any and all means available to us. These include by email and by phone. You can't simply just use one method; not everyone has an email or a Twitter account, and not everyone has one or more phones.

"Naturally we would immediately shut down the school.

"On the scene itself, we'd also use every means necessary to inform the public. A tragedy of the magnitude of Friday's incident, we'd have public information staff, security personnel, and top school officials present.

"What we've seen today in Connecticut is simply horrific."

Cheryl Miller December 15, 2012 at 10:26 PM
More importantly than how they would inform parents ... what are they doing to protect the children and employees to try and prevent something like this from happening in the first place? Many schools have locked doors, but when you press the buzzer during school hours, you are usually buzzed right in. Are they doing anything to confirm identification, like using the new security cameras they bought with SPLOST dollars, before letting people walk right into the buildings? I sure hope so!
Mark A December 17, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Apparently no one buzzed this scumbag in, he broke in. There are always going to be sick animals who go off and decide to try and make a grand exit by killing innocent people. These, obviously sick people, didn't get the help they needed, for any number of reasons. One thing we can do to greatly reduce the possibility of something of this magnitude, we could ban assault weapons. These weapons have one purpose, to kill as many people as possible in a very short time. Every other civilized country in the world knows this. It is nothing but "common sense", which obviously, the NRA is devoid of. The second amendment does not protect your right to own weapons of mass destruction. If it did, it should be changed. If you send money to the NRA, I don't see how you sleep.

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