A Christian school in Iowa is taking a proactive “necessary step ” in protecting students and staff.
The Siouxland Christian School, which caters to students from preschool through grade 12, will reportedly be arming certain staff members who will be selected and specially trained to protect those within its walls, according to school Superintendent Dr. Lindsay Laurich.
She addressed the school’s efforts to secure the building and protect students and staff in a letter sent to parents last week, KTIV reported.
“It is an unfortunate reality that schools have become the target of those who wish to do evil. Around our nation and sadly more close to home we see threats emerging on a regular basis. We pray for the community of Perry, Iowa, which experienced an active shooter event yesterday,” Laurich stated in her letter to families, referring to the 17-year-old who killed a sixth grader and wounded seven others before taking his own life last week.
“Because school safety is our highest priority at Siouxland Christian School we have determined that it is essential that we take further steps to secure our building and to ensure that your child(ren) are protected at school,” the superintendent continued.
“Starting next week, certain members of SCS staff who have been specifically trained will be armed on campus. The School Board and Administration have developed the process for selecting and training staff with input from law enforcement, our insurance carrier, legal advisors and industry experts. This has been a serious and diligent process over the course of the past year,” Laurich said.
“In the event of an active shooter event these armed SCS staff are trained to go directly to the threat. Their response will allow teachers and students to get to safe positions and will provide an active response until law enforcement is able to arrive,” she explained.
The selected staff will “remain anonymous,” the letter noted, adding that “with God’s help this layer of protection will never need to be deployed.”
Laurich went on to tell families that the decision to arm staff was a “difficult” one to make.
“When I entered the teaching profession it was unimaginable that someone would shoot students and teachers in a school. But the landscape has changed. If a tragic event were to occur at SCS, I need to be able to stand in front of you and say that we have done all that we can do,” she wrote.
“This is a necessary step we must take,” she added.
“School buildings should be safe. Teachers and children should not be afraid to come to school. We must employ all of the tools and resources at our disposal in order to be prepared for worst case scenarios,” Laurich told families.
Last week, as students returned to school following the winter break, Dylan Butler opened fire and wounded the principal of Perry High School, two other staff members, and four students, Sadly, 11-year-old Ahmir Jolliff was killed in the attack by the 17-year-old who then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
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