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School Safety, Lockdown Drill Practice

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - After the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, many people are worried about sending their child to school.

The question on everyone's mind, is school safe?

Security cameras, lockdown drills, and police officers at schools are just a few things local schools are doing to make sure your children are safe.

Jack Hayes Elementary School Principal, Mary Ellen Cannon says, "it is simply we are in lockdown the teachers have been instructed prior to this exactly what to do and the children have been instructed exactly what to do when we have a drill."

Jack Hayes Elementary School had a lockdown drill Wednesday, Cannon says it was a success.

She says, "we learned a lot from today things that worked really well and things we need to change a little bit to make everybody comfortable incase something did happen."

Ouachita Parish Sheriff Deputies assisted in the lockdown drill, checking all classroom doors and giving advice on how to improve.

Jack Hayes Teacher, Lindsey Bass says, "everybody did what they were suppose to do, everybody stayed in their places until we were told we may return back to your normal day."

In Monroe City Schools, Wossman High School is also taking steps to make their students feel safe.

Principal Sam Moore says, "we have 48 security cameras so we have cameras on the exterior of the building we have cameras in the interior of the building, in the stairwells and in the hall ways."

Moore says they also have a lockdown drill they practice, and a Monroe police officer who is at the school.

He says, "we all communicate and we do secure our campus and we all we walk our campus literally if you pass through our campus at any time you will see an adult that's employed here walking and checking for safety of our campus at all times."

Both schools say it's important to practice drills numerous times so students and teachers will know exactly what to do incase something happens.

Jack Hayes and Wossman practice the lockdown drill once a month.

Both principals say from eight until three the students are like their own children, that's why it is so important for them to inform students what to do incase there's an emergency.

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