BRUNWICK AND NEW HANOVER COUNTIES (WECT) – Local schools are evaluating security procedures following the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT, that killed 20 children.
Superintendent Edward Pruden said the district will try to learn from this massacre and will adjust its safety plan as needed.
Pruden sent an email to teachers and staff to prepare them for questions they may get over the weekend from those concerned about school safety, asking the district workers to reassure those who ask that there are plans in place.
"This is such a rare event," said Pruden. "At the same time, you want to do what you can to protect our children."
Pruden asked teachers not to share specifics. However, he did share some of the precautions in place.
Right now, every high school and middle school in the district has a designated school resource officer.
Each elementary school has a SRO on call at the nearest secondary school.
Because today's shooting happened at an elementary school, Pruden said they may re-evaluate this.
"I think that's a conversation that we'll have to have as communities and boards of education even at the national level," he said.
We asked Pruden about helping to ease the fears of those children who may be scared to return to school Monday morning.
"I think parents need to let their children know how much their teachers and principals care for them and care about their safety and they don't need to worry that something like this is going to happen at their school," he said.
NHCS Lead School Counselor Lisa Burriss echoed that advice.
She joined us in the newsroom for a live interview.
"Pay attention to your child's behaviors," she said. "Find out what your child knows. Allow them to lead the discussion."
She said if they are concerned about going to school on Monday, reassure them that they are safe. For more on how to talk to your children, watch video from our interview with Burriss or click here.
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