OMAHA (KPTM) - Law enforcement agencies, educators and community leaders are banding together to tackle the issue of violence at schools, specifically shootings. The big question: If a crisis erupted, would your child's school be prepared?
"I think it's excellent they're trying to get a ahead of the curve," said Chassidy Jackson, a mom to a high school junior.
Ahead of the curve meant a special conference Wednesday at the Ralston Arena. Organized by Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis, it was an all out effort to fight back against tragedy before it happens leading to a movement to create a Standard Response Protocol for every classroom to follow.
"We can't sit back and think that it can't happen to us," said Jackson. "It's important that we realize stuff like this happens all over the country."
Among the speakers at the conference was John Michael Keyes. His daughter was killed in a school shooting seven years ago prompting him to tour the U.S. and urge school districts to come up with protocols for lockdowns and evacuations. The idea is for everybody to be on the same page, so there is no confusion at a time when every second counts.
Within a year, the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office wants an official plan of action from every school. After that, additional recommendations will be taken into account as they become necessary. Deputies believe having these written procedures in place will go a long in making schools safer, since right now official documentation is lacking.
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