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Editor's Voice: Quick work at Reid gives us peace of mind

Posted 4/29/14

Recent shooting at schools across the country have put parents, teachers and school administrators and the public on edge. There have been so many, we've lost count of the tragedies, though they still shock us. We strive to protect the most innocent …

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Editor's Voice: Quick work at Reid gives us peace of mind

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Recent shooting at schools across the country have put parents, teachers and school administrators and the public on edge. There have been so many, we've lost count of the tragedies, though they still shock us. We strive to protect the most innocent among us, hoping we can keep them safe. We pray that we succeed.

So it was good to see the safety system work so well at Middletown Area School District’s Reid Elementary School on Tuesday, April 15. The school was locked down quickly thanks to quick work by local police and school administrators after a domestic dispute involving two parents of a student had occurred in the community.

The lockdown ended after about five minutes when one of the parents was apprehended by police as he drove through the front entrance of the district’s Lower Swatara Twp. campus where Reid is located, the district said. School administrators had been alerted by police, and acted quickly.

Parents received an automated message notifying them about the lockdown as well as the lifting of the lockdown.

Who knows if students were in danger that day? No confrontation occurred at the school. The lockdown was a necessary precaution, and we are thankful that police and school officials moved swiftly and efficiently to make sure kids were indeed safe.


The system worked well, thanks to everyone involved.

Parents and the rest of the community should feel more confident about Middletown’s ability to protect children after the April 15 lockdown. Though it delayed dismissal for a short time, it improved our peace of mind in an era when the world seems increasingly violent.

 Here’s a thank-you to all involved in the effort that day.
  

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