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Weakley County Schools Take Firm Measures to Ensure Safety

By Laura Bannon
By lbannon@wbbjtv.com

DRESDEN, Tenn.-In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, many schools have reviewed their safety plans. The Weakley County School District took this event as a sign to review their plans and ensure that students are safe at school.

Lorna Bensen, safety coordinator explained, "We are very protective of our children and staff.

"We have measures in place. Any type of extreme measure that could take place with in a school so we definitely want our kids and parents to know that they are protected," said Vice Principal Willie Trevathan.

School board members told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that communication between children and parents is key to their safety plans.

One safety measure Weakley County has taken into major consideration is their unlocked doors throughout the schools. In the recent months, they have locked all doors within the schools throughout the district.

"We decided it was a good time for us to take a look at our practices and highlight what's working. That's why our classroom doors are locked," said Benson.

In Weakley County, Emergency Management Staff has provided supply-filled backpacks with items that would protect their students.

Benson explained that they are used for anything in a short term event. She said for example, "After a tornado or even an earthquake."

The school district realizes that tragedies cannot be prevented.

Benson said, "All we can do is in terms with people with ill-intent is to make it as hard as we can for them to get through our front doors."
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