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Mason City / Clear Lake School Districts to review security at schools


This news story was published on December 18, 2012.
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Anita Micich, School Superintendent for Mason City and Clear Lake School Districts

MASON CITY – Mason City and Clear Lake School Superintendent Anita Micich confirmed today that both school districts are reviewing security and emergency preparedness at individual school sites.

Micich said Tuesday that the school districts have a safe schools/emergency preparedness plan that provides a set of procedures to follow in case of emergency.  She said the districts review the plan routinely.

“This most recent tragedy automatically sets school districts in motion to review,” Micich explained.  “We are already reviewing the current status of each individual school site and the security measures in place and what additional supports/changes may be necessary.  Hal Minear, Assistant Superintendent and I visited this morning and he will be contacting Homeland Security to schedule an audit update of our facilities as part of our process.  However, we will continue to move forward on our review as we wait for response back from Homeland Security.  We will follow a similar process for the Clear Lake School District as well.”

To date, North Iowa area schools have been spared and have suffered no tragedies or major emergencies.

In recent memory, the only emergency reported to the media in Mason City was a “code red” situation last October after a home invasion in the city near Roosevelt Elementary and Lincoln Intermediate schools.  Both schools were placed in “lock down” until police could clear suspects from the area.

 

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19 Responses to Mason City / Clear Lake School Districts to review security at schools

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    Ben Reply Report comment

    December 25, 2012 at 1:28 am

    I think all teachers and administrators should be trained in how to use a high powered sling-shot. They could keep it right in their desks and have a bucket of pebbles right next to them.

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    TheRealFred Reply Report comment

    December 24, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Every school should have at least 1 teacher or administrator who is licensed and trained to carry and use a firearm.

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    Bob Wolfram Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    Vets would be a good bet. indeed

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    Shane Muth Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Clear Lake schools have always had security including lockdown as soon as school starts and security cameras, WAY before Ms. Micich was named superintendent. If someone would want to get in, they would have to force their way into the school just like the killer did in Newtown.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    There are many unemployed veterans out there why not hire a few for the schools. It would save alot of money as to if you were to hire & train someone else. Vets are already trained.

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    mohawk parent Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    I wondered what the schools were doing in reaction to the shootings. Thanks NIT for being the only one to find out.

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    Bob Wolfram Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    review this. hire & train teachers that can use hand guns.
    one cop with a semi-automatic weapon posted at every school house. need money? lay off a Superintendent & hire a police officer to protect the children.

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      Shane Muth Reply Report comment

      December 18, 2012 at 8:42 pm

      This would not solve the solution to this problem nor would it be in the budget for any school district in the area. How are Ventura and Garner Schools secured, Mr. Wolfram. If I were you I would stay on your side of the track.

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        John Reply Report comment

        December 18, 2012 at 9:52 pm

        Mr. Muth,
        Were the deaths of 27 people in Newtown and the possible closing of that school forever in the School’s “budget” as you have mentioned twice?

        The School in Newtown was in lock down as well, that you seem so comfy with in Clear Lake. You also pointed out, “If someone would want to get in, (Clear Lake) they would have to force their way into the school just like the killer did in Newtown.” (Ok, so you are saying it is possible.)

        I don’t understand your point Mr. Muth other than trying to put Mr. Wolfram and another person down with your comments. Both have good ideas and you have a budget. There is plenty of money that can be cut from a school budget to hire a person to protect the students.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        December 19, 2012 at 7:36 am

        Well said John, Thank You

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        rukiddingme Reply Report comment

        December 22, 2012 at 3:12 am

        So Mr Muth, apparently you know exactly how the school budget is spread throughout? You must know exactly how much it would cost to properly train and arm teachers? your just the resident expert in mason city. All i read is you making empty threats and just creating an arguement. So, since you know how to stop this, please enlighten us all so you can save hundreds of lives. OH wait, who is going to go in a school (or any business for that matter) where teachers or staff are trained and armed? oh man your posts have done nothing but infuriate me!
        Sincerly a very pissed off and very well trained veteran.

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    Charles Reply Report comment

    December 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Happy to hear the schools are being pro-active here.

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      Literate Reply Report comment

      December 19, 2012 at 12:23 am

      You may want to look up the meaning of proactive (and how it is spelled).

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      LVS Reply Report comment

      December 19, 2012 at 8:14 am

      @Charles-you have just been hit by the NIT spelling police. Now that you have been corrected on the little nitpicking detail maybe you will be allowed to get back to more serious stuff. We all have to put up with those dummy’s who think they are so smart.

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        Anonymous Reply Report comment

        December 19, 2012 at 8:42 am

        They must also be the Definition police. Who the hell do they think they are? Expecting people to say what they mean using the correct words AND spelling them correctly? Do they think we are in Europe or something?

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        anonymous Reply Report comment

        December 19, 2012 at 12:03 pm

        This isn’t english class and these people are here to say what’s on their minds. They don’t have to please you language art nerds who think they are better than everyone else. You people are probably still virgins because when someone did ask if you wanted to get laid instead of saying yes you corrected their grammer. Now you can all call me out on the mistakes I made in this post.