Westerville Schools Addresses Safety Concerns

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UPDATED: Wednesday August 28, 2013 6:58 PM

The low roar of grade school gym class, then suddenly, a desolate room and complete silence.

On Wednesday, all Westerville City Schools conducted lockdown drills.

“I'm looking at it from the perspective of a potential shooter. If I can see them, if I can find them, that makes them vulnerable,” said Westerville Police Lt. Tracey Myers.

So empty halls is what Myers wanted to see at Robert Frost Elementary during the lockdown drill.

“It’s definitely a new challenge we have to face,” said parent Amanda Miller.

Miller is happy to see proactive steps being taken.  

But she echoed one concern others were chatting about on Facebook.  

One door at every Westerville school is unlocked.

"You want to feel welcome, but at the same time, you don't want anyone who shouldn't be there to feel welcome,” Miller said.    

Myers said the front door at the schools are generally right by the officers. People would have to walk by the office to get inside the school building.

School leaders say parents need access, but the district is looking at options.

"We've secured some bids to install buzzer systems at every one of our schools,” said district spokesman Greg Viebranz.
   
And one more security measure is being taken.

All Westerville schools are equipped with surveillance cameras. Now, all city police cruisers are being wired so officers can see what the cameras see inside the school buildings.

"If we have an incident here, right from the car, we can look and see what's going on where that incident is occurring,” said Myers.

All Westerville schools performed lockdown drills Wednesday.

Police will meet immediately with school administrators to determine what worked, what didn’t work and what may need to be changed.
 
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