Sioux City School District Responds to Connecticut Shooting - Siouxland News - KMEG 14 and FOX 44

Sioux City School District Responds to Connecticut Shooting


(SIOUX CITY, IA) While no one ever expects a school shooting, teachers and students across the country practice for them regularly. Sioux City is no exception.

Sioux City School officials say staff at all the schools in the area are prepared if something like this were to happen here.
"We have a series of plans that are certainly preventative in nature and do all that we can to keep students safe and keep tragedy from occurring.," says Sioux City Schools Superintendent, Dr. Paul Gausman. "We also unfortunately have to have disaster plans for after a disaster has occurred. Some of the most visible ones that are O. K. for us to share include the video phones that we have at the front door of every one of our schools, all other doors are locked."
After all a situation similar to this one occurred last year just south of Sioux City.

A student at Millard South High School in Omaha opened fire, killing himself and the assistant principal, and critically injuring the principal last year. Sioux City Superintendent, Dr. Paul Gausman says, they try and learn from horrific events.
"We certainly gleaned some items of information from that incident and were able to incorporate that into our planning," he says.
Gausman also highlights the relationship the district has with the Sioux City Police Department. They also make each guest check-in at the front office of each school to register their attendance in the building. He says, these measures are taken on a daily basis, and wants to reassure parents for the future.
"I would say the school is the safest place for children to be, that's not to say that anywhere you can create an absolutely fail-safe environment and somebody will ill intentions certainly can be creative in their desire to do ill to other people. But, we are doing everything in our power to keep our children safe," says Gausman.

Parents of Sioux City students should receive a pre-recorded phone call from the Superintendent  talking about the Connecticut shooting, and the district's safety procedures.


Powered by WorldNow

Siouxland News
100 Gold Circle
Dakota Dunes, SD 57049

Main Phone: 712-277-3554
Main Fax: 712-255-5250

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2009 WorldNow and Sinclair Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.