Back-to-school: What law enforcement is doing to keep schools safe.

Today's back-to-school topic is about mass shootings and what parents can do to actually prepare their kids for the types of situations, as well as what law enforcement is doing to keep schools safe.

News 12 Staff

Aug 23, 2022, 10:42 AM

Updated 661 days ago

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Today's back-to-school topic is about mass shootings and what parents can do to actually prepare their kids for the types of situations, as well as what law enforcement is doing to keep schools safe.
“Schools are considered soft targets,” says Sheriff Darrin Russo, with Somerset County. “I know New Jersey has been in the forefront of securing schools. I'd say one of the better states.”
Edison police and Somerset County sheriffs assure they are ready for the school year. Lockdown drills will be done.
“I think having the parent have a discussion with their kids, especially newer kids, younger kids of what maybe they'll be expecting when they come to school is not a bad idea,” says Deputy Chief Robert Dudash, out of Edison.
If students or teachers see something, say something.
“A lot of the times with mass shootings, the people that go on these shootings are giving signs out left and right,” says Russo.
What about bullet proof backpacks and clipboards?
“I don't know if I necessarily recommend that,” says Dudash. “But each parent has to make their own discussion if that is something they would like to purchase and invest in.
Dudash says doors will be kept locked and only authorized personal will be allowed in the school. Somerset County sheriffs hosted community leaders to a mass shooting training with the Office of Emergency Management, prosecutors’ office, fire department and the US Marshals.
“When you put the fear into people it sits with you more,” says Russo. “I think you understand more, and you learn more.”
When you go into a room, identify exits, doors, windows and potential places to hide.
“It's a shame,” says Russo. “You want kids to go to the school, learn and enjoy with their friends, but I also think in today's day and age you have to be mindful of things.”
Law enforcement is trained in how to respond to an active shooter situation, especially at schools, and they are expanding that training to community leaders like teachers and principals.


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