Olathe Community Gives Feedback to ‘Safety Town Hall’

OLATHE, Kan. – Olathe East High School held a district-wide meeting Tuesday evening on procedures and protocols after a march 4 shooting at school.

The parents asked questions and gave their opinions, hoping for a safer future.

“When your child asks you, ‘Mom, I don’t feel safe at school’, I don’t know what to say. I’m not sure I can guarantee that he should feel safe at school. “, said Melissa Fisher during the community comments during the meeting.

Fisher is a district employee and a relative.

Safety was a priority for her and many other parents at the public meeting, led by district leaders and public safety officials.

A frequently asked question and topic: Will Olathe install metal detectors at building entrances?

Right now the answer is that it’s not imminent.

“There is no one feature that is a guarantee, there is no one end to creating a 100% safe environment,” said Brent Kinger, district safety director. “What we do is we select what we think will get the most out of it.”

Parents always want all the options available.

“I don’t think any door should be closed to the safety of our children,” Fisher said.

The district has gone through its notification systems and active fire drills for all grades, among other procedures in school buildings.

A worried mom wants more discussion about what’s going on at home.

“I don’t want us to go home and not talk about it tonight because if kids didn’t have access to guns, we’d be in a very different scenario,” Nikki McDonald said.

She says gun safety and storage are important prevention tools.

“The truth is, we have a lot of guns in this country,” McDonald said. “It’s a problem that’s not going to go away, so until we have better regulation, until we regulate each other and ourselves, we’re going to keep having more tragedies. “

Dozens of families in attendance took note of what they called a transparent and important meeting.

At the meeting, a parent said improving safety in the district “requires all of us, every person in this room.”

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