Local educators talk about safety measures at school

Local educators talk about safety measures at school

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Despite the sorrow over the victims killed and injured in the Lafayette theater shooting, stories of bravery surfaced. Two teachers. One shields the other teacher from an oncoming bullet. The other teacher pulls a fire alarm alerting authorities of the horrible act unfolding.

We caught up with local educators to find out what methods they take to ensure the safety of so many student lives each day.

There are a number of safety measures South Mississippi schools incorporate to keep students out of harm's way.

"Student safety is of course our number one priority. We train yearly. We go over lock down procedures and our intruder procedures. We have a lot of safety precautions in place," said Biloxi High Principal Marcus Boudreaux.

Principal Boudreaux said there's only one entrance into his school that overseas roughly 1,550 students.

All classroom doors remain locked. In addition, he said there's at least two ID checks for all school visitors. It's that vigilance educators also leaves the classroom.

"Being a teacher and a coach, looking on the outside, being in large crowds and just in general, the general public we're aware of our surroundings maybe a little bit more," said Biloxi High Assistant Principal Teresa Martin.

Over at DeLisle Elementary safety is also a major priority.

"Here at DeLisle our motto has always been prepare for the worst, but hope for the best. And we are extensively trained in emergency situations. We do hope that none of those will arise, but just in case we do practice our drills very often," said DeLisle Elementary teacher Amber Deschamp.

Over at Biloxi, the administrators are able to keep their eyes on everything literally using over 300 surveillance cameras.

"If you have an active shooter in the building the goal is to get students in a safe location as quickly as possible. So students are pulled by teachers into classrooms to lock down. If there is no way of getting away from an active shooter. Some of the training today is to get aggressive towards the shooter," said Boudreaux.

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