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Bay County School Board shooting puts other districts on edge

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December

shooter.jpgSchool boards across Florida are reexamining their security practices in the wake of this week's fatal shooting at a Bay County School Board meeting.

It's about time, said Marge Whaley, a former Pasco School Board member who as chairwoman had been preparing an emergency safety procedure for her district's meetings before her retirement. She has called current members to recommend resurrecting the effort.

"You have nowhere to go," Whaley said of board members sitting at the dais. "You're trapped up there."

Even as boards look at their plans, they should not overreact, said Doretha Edgecomb, Hillsborough School Board chairwoman.

"We are not going to do it out of fear, but to make sure what we have is adequate," Edgecomb said.

The efforts could include metal detectors, armed guards, maybe just calm but practiced words. Who knows? Maybe even Ginger's purse.

How would you have reacted if confronted by an armed gunman at a board meeting? How do you think districts should react now that they've seen something like this happen?

(Photo from WJHG TV News Channel 7)

[Last modified: Thursday, December 16, 2010 5:10pm]

    

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