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Schools in recent lockdowns, evacuations to meet

Schools in recent lockdowns, evacuations to meet

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DWIGHT - School districts that have experienced a troubling event this school year hope to learn something from each other during a meeting later this week.

School and public safety officials from Pontiac, Dwight and the Tri-Point area will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of Dwight Township High School, 801 S. Franklin St., to discuss lockdowns and evacuations.

"Each of the districts will talk about their most recent crisis situation and run through their scenario and how they did according to their crisis plan," said Dwight Superintendent Dale Adams. "The second half will be the police agency that was responding to the incidents and their perspective on how it worked and what were good things and what were some things that needed improving."

Pontiac Township High School was locked for three and a half hours earlier this year after school and police officials discovered a guns-for-sale plan. Dwight Township High School was locked and then evacuated after a bomb threat was found on a calculator, and locked down again after a shotgun shell was found in the seat of a chair.

In Downs, Tri-Valley schools were locked for about three hours after an empty ammunition clip was found on a school bus.

"I think it made us more aware that we are not isolated and this is not a big school problem," Adams said. "We just want to make sure that we are prepared."

PTHS Superintendent Leo Johnson said he didn't have anything specific to bring up at the meeting but was looking forward to sharing comments and ideas about general school security.

"Security is a high-interest topic for us right now, and we are always looking to pick up good ideas from other people and we are certainly willing to try some things," he said.

The meeting is open to the public, though no time is scheduled for public comment.

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