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North Canton School District Looks at Lockdown Protocol After Chardon Shootings

District officials already have met with North Canton police and plan to meet again to review lockdown procedures

Michael Gallina, North Canton City Schools superintendent, reminds families to keep connected with their children as much as possible in light of Monday morning's high  that left three students dead.

“We really need to connect with all of our students, even though sometimes students are hard to connect with, and I mean that from student standpoint as well as staff standpoint," Gallina said Tuesday afternoon. "And families should be mointoring social media as much as they can in terms of their child’s usage of that and anything that might be a red flag.”

Suspect T.J. Lane of Chardon Township posted information on social media sites that would have been viewed as "red flags" to any adult, according to a psychologist quoted in the Huffington Post. That included an "eerie" and violent poem he posted on Facebook in December.

Gallina said each district staff member received an email at the end of the day Monday. The email included actions that staff members could take when addressing the shooting.

Gallina also conducted an all-call to families about 6:30 p.m. Monday "reinforcing the thought of caring and loving our children and of families being good listeners and having their children share with us if there are any troubles or issues that they hear."

Chief Stephan Wilder also reviewed lockdown procedures. Those procedures are current and appropriate, but Gallina said the district will review them once more with Wilder at a full-administrative team meeting March 7.

Students Russell King Jr. and Demetrius Hewlin died Tuesday. Student Daniel Parmertor, 16, died Monday, according to the New York Times. pulls in news and information from Twitter and media outlets.

Laura Z. February 29, 2012 at 02:00 PM
Just another reminder of how important school counselors are!
Fred Benson March 01, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Has anyone ever noticed that it's always the "nicer" school systems that are having the shootings? The differences in our children somehow don't mesh quite right. Some students may feel inferior to others, which could be one of the forces leading to this type of problem. Lets all review the attitudes that we instill in our children!

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