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Local schools revisit safety procedures after Ohio shooting

Lubbock-Cooper ISD Superintendent Pat Henderson Lubbock-Cooper ISD Superintendent Pat Henderson

The Ohio school shooting that has now claimed a third victim is raising questions with local parents. So we did some checking to see how area school districts have prepared for this kind of emergency.

Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District tells us they have taken several calls from concerned parents since Monday's shooting. Tuesday, they took us on a tour and demonstrated some of the equipment they've put in place to keep students safe.

The doorway into Central Elementary School is built to prevent intruders from entering the school. When you walk in you are forced to go into the office before steeping inside the halls.

Lubbock-Cooper ISD Superintendent Pat Henderson says after the Columbine shooting in 1999, they started a district police department.

"We have five full time officers who are armed and trained," Henderson said.

Every day, Henderson says, each officer is required to make rounds at their assigned school. They check for suspicious cars and people and make sure every door is secure. The front entrance is the only one open during school hours.

In case of an emergency, the district has three levels of security: heightened, lock down and active shooter. The third stage requires students and teachers to take cover, something they practice two times a semester.

"I can't go into the exact details, but they in a position in their classrooms where they are least susceptible to violence," Henderson said.

A bond passed in 2009 allowed Lubbock-Cooper to implement technology to make their school safer. Each campus has or will soon have 20 to 25 cameras.

"We can look back at the video and see where the person gained entry and how many people are there," LCISD Police Chief Rick Saldana said.

He says they also have a panic button that allows the staff in every school to lock down the exterior doors.

"The staff knows to follow the protocol. They will get up and activate the panic button," Saldana said.

We also checked with Lubbock ISD and Frenship. They also use police, technology and training for rapid emergency response, but Lubbock ISD says prevention is something they focus on.

LISD uses something called Alpha groups. Kids are assigned to a counselor, a principal and an attendance clerk. Another system they use is Talk About It - a program allows students to anonymously report violence or suspicious activity.

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