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SPS reflects on safety measures after recent school shootings

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(SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--01/24/18) In the wake of two high school shootings in Texas and Kentucky, local schools and security experts are revisiting campus safety protocols intended to keep students safe from gun violence.

"Our officers have eyes and ears all over including their own,but we train for it. Being proactive, knowing the most recent deals and actually looking at them," explains Jim Farrell, Director of School Police for Springfield Public Schools.

Farrell says Springfield Public Schools have preparations in place in case a similar situation happens here. The preparations include written plans, and working with local police.

"Each building does an active shooter training and they’re prepared.  I mean they do the lock down or we teach that if they have to get out of the building, if it’s safe to get away then do it."

Authorities say they keep track of all the school shootings that happen across the country in hopes of learning from them.

"We have that thought every day. Not for any reason that’s part of our roll is we’re protectors of our students and we have to take that roll seriously."

With more than a 1,000 students to keep safe, Glendale High School Principal Natalie Cauldwell says they are constantly reviewing and updating their security plans.

"We have our training drills during the school day when students are present so students are a part of that and they know what’s expected in different situations," explains Cauldwell.

She says achieving a relationship between students, staff and her school resource officers is vital, because she says most important information comes from the students.

"We know that if you have a relationship with a student they’re more likely to come and talk to you when they’re troubled by something or when they hear a rumor."

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