School Superintendent, Wrong
Plan for Wednesday Morning
By Reggie Reinhardt
March 08, 2007
I applaud the parent network to get word out to other parents
about this serious situation Schoenbar Middle School was faced
with on March 7, 2007. My question is what was the Schoenbar's
Principal game plan? What is the school district's plan to deal
with a matter like this? Well everyone got to see it first hand.
There is no plan. At least we hope they will have a plan now.
I see two problems that happened with this serious situation.
The first problem is parents not being notified about this situation
by the school or school district. The Schonebar PTA has been
doing a good job passing information out by e-mail to its members.
This could have been one way of getting information out. PTA
could have assisted the school staff in making phone notification.
The other way could have been for the School Superintendent
to cancel school on Wednesday March 7, 2007.
The second problem is not taking the situation seriously by Schoenbar
Middle school, school board, Superintendent and the police department.
This is shown in the Deputy Police Chief's comment if correct
in the SitNews article, "According to Deputy Police Chief
Josh Dossett, an investigation by the Ketchikan Police Department
on Wednesday did not find that the written threat was one with
an intent to be carried out ". If the information in the
article stating the written message in the bathroom said "There
would be a shooting at the school March 7" is correct,
how can you not take it serious? I could see if the message
written was, "Shooting to happen in School" . Then
I can see the action taken yesterday and today with the police
department at the school and parent notification would be the
right course of action. But with a specific date "March
7", has to be taken serious. To safeguard the children
of the school, the Superintendent should have cancelled school
on March 7, had school staff with the assistants of the police
department conduct a school and locker search along with parents
notification of the situation would have been the correct response
to the situation. Have we not learned anything from Columbine
or the Alabama shootings shortly after?
I hope the Superintendent, school board, Schoenbar's Principal
and the Deputy Police Chief will hold a Town Meeting with all
Schoenbar parents about what has happen and the future school
district policy on situations like this. If they don't hold
a meeting, I hope the Schoenbar PTA forces a meeting with these
folks and works with them on correcting this serious mistake.
I hope for the safety of all the kids in the school district,
all the schools hold a training day or at a staff meeting to
play the ?What If" situation drill to help prepare for
Received March 08, 2007 - Published March 08, 2007
About: "Parent of Schoenbar
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