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Monday, October 16, 2006

 

Lockdown

That cartoon I posted a couple days ago? Not so funny anymore. My daughter came home from kindergarten with this note:

Dear Parents:

The school went into lockdown today at approximately 9:00am as two of our students reported to Mrs. Chadwick a credible safety concern. I immediately called for a building lockdown and the resource officer was called. A lockdown means that we keep all the children indoors and lock all our exterior doors and close windows and blinds. This is a safety procedure we do whenever there is an unsafe situation in the area. It could be weather related, a chemical hazard, or in this case a police matter.

The police interviewed the students reporting the concern and conducted a search of the grounds and the woods. Both areas were clear of any problems and the police reported that the school could resume its normal school schedule.

As an extra precautionary note students were not allowed outside the building without adult supervision and recesses were handled indoors.

The staff and students handled the situation very well. We practice safety drills regularly so that we are prepared. The students were reassured throughout the morning that they were safe.


What the letter did not say is that my daughter spent 30 minutes hiding under her desk today. I'm not criticizing the school. They did the best they could. I'm perturbed at a society that has people in it who would think of harming children. This coming on a day when the monster Joseph Duncan pleaded guilty here in North Idaho today.


8 Comments:

Anonymous brettdl said...

Yikes. There is no hiding, is there?

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you've addressed this question in the past, but why aren't you also homeschooling your kindergartener?

2:05 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

We're not homeschooling our kindergartener because we're not that brave... I wanted to get started with my 3rd grader first, and give both him and me a chance to figure it all out. Plus, kindergarten is so basic... It's good for my daughter to be around the other kids for the activities and playtime. We'll consider switching her over for first grade. I think I could handle two at a time by next year.

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

Wow, scary stuff. It also failed to tell you what the potential threat was. Sounds to me like it wasn't a tornado. Then you have to hear all about it through what your child says. I am sure they did what they needed to but I thought the note needed to be more specific.

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Jacob Cord said...

What a relief about Duncan. I'm glad there won't be a big trial here in Coeur d'Alene. My wife was one of the many people called for jury duty for this week. There was quite a pile of paperwork she had to fill out as a prospective juror.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

My wife was at the school, volunteering... It was a man with a gun. Scarier still.

3:55 PM  
Blogger Steve said...

Geez, that's frightening. Hopefully, she wasn't too tramuatized by it all.

3:56 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Sorry to hear about that. Not the kind of things kids should have to go through. Sounds like the school took the right safety precautions. Hope your daughter is feeling better today.

7:03 AM  

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