Superintendent Reflects on School Safety
State Superintendent Janet Barresi is calling on Oklahoma schools to address their safety measures in light of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
Superintendent Barresi took time at the beginning of Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting to say her prayers are with the people of Newtown.
On the subject of Shady Hook Elementary, she commented on the bravery of the educators there to protect their students.
“We were all moved by the courage of the teachers in that school, but the first thing that I thought of when I heard about it is that that’s naturally the inclination of every single teacher in the country.”
She also says now is the time for all school districts to look at every issue when it comes to safety at their facilities.
“Everything from bullying to just working with parents that have concerns, how they will communicate with parents, with family members and the public.”
She says each school district in Oklahoma is different and so she doesn’t believe there should be a statewide policy in dealing with safety issues.
Governor Fallin is also encouraging school districts to take advantage of security training seminars by the Department of Homeland Security.