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Monroe Interim Superintendent meets with MPD

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - An intruder drill had students, parents, and even police thinking it was real, Friday at Carroll High School. Now, there is a discussion on how the situation could have been handled differently.

Monroe Schools Interim Chief Education Officer, Tammye Turpin, says "when you see something like that, hear something like that, you always think well what would I do? What would happen if it happened in my school, and how would we react to that?"

Monroe Police weren't notified of the drill, and when they got word they rushed to the school. That's why police met with Monroe Schools interim superintendent to come up with a better plan, and one person with the schools to contact.

Monroe Police Department, Sgt. Mark Johnson, says "this person here will be the point of contact, whenever there is a drill or something that takes place at the school. It will be ran through that person; they will then come up with a plan and make sure it's done correctly."

Turpin says the school board already has a plan in place to notify police when a school does a drill.

She says, "people change positions and we need to have those contacts, so everybody knows who those contacts are."

Johnson says they are happy schools like Carroll are taking precautionary steps, but next time, they need to be a part of the drill.

He says, "you don't go in there with deadly force, thinking stop this threat on a drill because it could lead to accidents."

Turpin says they are meeting with principals and looking at ways to make their schools even more safe.

She says, "we're making sure all outside doors are locked, and we have secure entrances. We're looking at what else we can add."

Monroe Police have blueprints of all district schools, to know the layouts before they ever step into a building.

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