In Georgia Tuesday afternoon, police responded to reports of an active shooter at an elementary school. No one was injured and authorities have the suspect in custody, but incidents like today's immediately bring back the all-too familiar feelings and concerns about security in schools.
SAISD and the San Angelo Police Department have teamed up to better protect our precious students.
SAISD Superintendent, Carol Ann Bonds, said every individual that comes in the school including herself must check-in at the office.
SAPD Chief Vasquez has arranged for officers on duty to patrol the schools on a daily basis.
"We will have an increased vigilance at all of our campuses for this coming school year [...] one size does not fit all, it has to do with accessibility," Bonds said.
SAISD has conducted training for their staff, and on top of that Lt. Mike Hernandez organized an additional training class. In the future, he hopes to train community members as well.
"I think we've taken precautions as a community that is going to make us better and like anything else, once something is on your mind you're going to do it more often," Hernandez said.
SAISD Human Resources Director, Pattie Griffin, said "The first people that anyone would encounter in our school there at the front office receive the same type training to help keep our schools safe."
The school board, staff, and SAPD discussed the policy of allowing handguns on campus, but at this time they do not feel this is the plan we need in San Angelo.
"Some surrounding communities have taken a step further with the concealed handgun license, I don't necessarily know if that's the answer. With us being more knowledgeable and prepared, what to do, what to look for [...] I think we're prepared," Hernandez said.