SILVER CITY — In the wake of school shooting incidents, the Silver Consolidated School District has taken some steps to be proactive when it comes to safety in the schools. Superintendent Audie Brown has begun to address these type of situations especially after the shooting at Aztec High School.
“As was discussed during the December board meeting, immediately after the tragic incident in Aztec, I called an emergency meeting with all administrators to discuss our school safety procedures,” Brown said. “On Dec. 19, district administration met with chief Ed Reynolds and Captain (Ricky) Villalobos from the Silver City Police Department, to discuss and ask for their assistance and expertise on school safety and security as well as the need to conduct a threat assessment for each school in our district, within the town of Silver City. In Cliff, the State Police, Grant County Sheriff’s Office and the Silver City Police Department have assisted in a similar process both recently and in the past.”
Last Thursday, a picture from Facebook sent Silver High School into safety mode. Parents were notified about a picture that was circulating on social media about not sending kids to SHS because there would be a shooting. Administration immediately contacted Silver City police and an investigation was done. The end result that was Silver wasn’t the target and it came from Springfield, Ohio. But, the precaution wanted to keep students and staff as safe as possible.
The School Messenger system was instrumental in helping notify parents of the situation. Brown said that administration is also going to ask the School Board to reallocate some money that was recently obtained by bonds that were allocated for specific capital projects to be used for updated safety and security measures with the Silver school system.
Brown and administration met again with Reynolds and Villalobos and also Detective Manny Jaure to discuss procedures for the safety of those within the schools as well as the need to conduct and schedule a threat assessment at each school site.
“At the February board meeting, the board passed a Safety and Security Resolution in which a School Safety and Security Committee is going to be established,” Brown said. “The intent if assessing current and potential safety and security risks as well as formulating ways to reduce, and if possible, eliminate the risks identified. The committee will consist of members of the school district administrative team, representatives from local law enforcement agencies and staff/community members as deemed appropriate.”
Brown said the goal of this committee is to bring the specific expertise and experience of those on the team together to provide a safe and secure learning environment to all within Silver Consolidated Schools.
“To confirm you are able to receive important messages from your child’s school and/or the district, I ask that everyone take a moment to ensure your email and phone information is current and up-to-date at your child’s school to receive information via the School Messenger system,” Brown said. “Silver Schools would like to thank the Silver City Police Department, Grant County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police for all of their invaluable time and assistance.”
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