Districts; "See something, say something" policies keep students

Districts; "See something, say something" policies keep students safe

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The high school shooting in Florida has schools across the country confronted with the reality of threats against their students. 

"It's a constant juggle you know to make sure that we are as safe as possible," said Jody Scifres, Lubbock ISD police chief. "But we are also providing an environment that's good for education." 

Scifres said his staff is trained to take a proactive approach in any chaotic situation and utilize several safety protocols that they practice routinely. 

"That's one of the reasons we have police officers in schools so that they can take care of the problem," said Scifres. "They are there and they can take care of it and they can address it and police have trained on this for a long time." 

The chief said it's not just up to police though, parents have to do their part and talk to their children and create a strategic plan. An active shooter situation can happen anywhere at any time. They need to be familiarized with their surroundings and understand what is going on. They need to know where to go and what to do and how to respond no matter where they are at.

Lubbock ISD currently has a mobile app to help both students and parents report any threats. 

"They can text or call a phone number and leave a message and that is quickly funneled to the appropriate administrators," said Nancy Sharp, Lubbock ISD communications director. "And for our community and anyone on our district app we have an ask LISD button were you can also report information about something you are concerned about and it can also be anonymous or you can leave your name and information."

The link to ASK LISD can be found below. 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lisd.tab

Lubbock-Cooper ISD also trains its teachers, staff, and administrators to recognize and report suspicious activity including an anonymous tip line for more information visit the following link. https://d3jc3ahdjad7x7.cloudfront.net/4wnWzJRhjIm4iPL7K8KxK0pXynGncfibuTs2wTDazsa07vbB.pdf

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