Frankfort Community high school to discuss safety measures

Frankfort Community high school discuss safety measures
Published: Dec. 7, 2015 at 10:21 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2015 at 10:41 PM CST
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WEST FRANKFORT, IL (KFVS) - After an unloaded gun was found in a locker last Wednesday, administrators at Frankfort Community High School are considering changes to improve school security.

After this incident, school administrators said there was added security during extracurricular activities this past week.

West Frankfort police and school district administrators are discussing the different safety measures that they can bring to the table.

"Safety's our number one priority," superintendent, Dr. Greg Goins said.

At Frankfort Community High School, school administrators and the police department have been working together when incidents like this one come up.

"We go through it, we debrief afterwards," West Frankfort Police Chief, Shawn Talluto said. "We look at what happened; if there's anything that can be done differently that is proactive, then of course we are going to address that and do that."

"We think that we did a pretty good job during an unfortunate situation, but there's always room for improvement," Dr. Goins said.

Open to suggestions, the school is looking at all options.

"I would suggest see-through back packs, and someone at the doors checking them," West Frankfort resident Charlotte Roberts said.

Other people mentioned having metal detectors in the school.

"When you talk about having 1800 kids enrolled in the school district and 200 faculty and staff, I don't know if it's feasible to do that everyday," Dr. Goins said. "But there may be times periodically that we want to think about doing that, so we are going to keep all of our options on the table."

Chief Talluto says with the influx of students and the personnel that's required for metal detectors, it is not a process that can happen overnight.

"Children are coming and going throughout the day," Talluto said. "It's not a lockdown campus when you get to the high school level. We have an open lunch, so the children are out during that as well, so those are things that you have to take into account."

For Roberts, she said safety measures need to start at home.

"Some of the responsibility falls on the parents," Roberts said. "You know checking the children before they go to school and stuff like that and keeping stuff like that away from the children and the children's eyes."

There is a board meeting set for December 21st at 6 p.m. that's open to the public.

School administrators said they are hoping to have an open discussion on this incident and on the measures that can be taken to be more proactive.

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