Midland ISD Shares Their Safety Measures in Midst of Connecticut Shooting

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - When anything like the shooting in Connecticut happens, most parents immediately begin to wonder just how safe are our local schools and would they be prepared to deal with a situation like this.

Dr. Ryder Warren, Superintendent of Midland ISD, tells NewsWest 9 safety measures the district currently uses and what they have planned for the future.

"Before any child can learn before any teacher can teach, we gotta make sure that they feel safe in the building that we have," Warren said.

Dr. Warren tells NewsWest 9, they talk about how to improve or what new safety measure can be implemented even before the school year starts. Currently, MISD has several safety measures in place, one of them is their lockdown procedure which is when a student or an adult goes inside the building to cause harm everyone in the building will be locked down and no one is allowed to come out unless the all clear signal is given.

However, there are other safety measures MISD takes into consideration.

"We have shelter in place procedures where we lock all the doors not necessarily have everybody locked inside, but nobody comes into the building because something might be happening in the neighborhood," Warren said.

Warren says anytime a mass shooting happens in a school the question is brought up whether schools need metal detectors.

"I am sure there will be more discussions here about what we can do better, that's something we need to do anyway and it doesn't take something like this to happen every year, we try to come up with new ways to safeguard our schools," Warren said.

However, Midland ISD is planning on implementing more security measures for their schools in the near future.

"The bond that just passed by Midland voters, we included security cameras, more security cameras for each campus, for all 24 elementary campuses and the three new ones that are going to be built are going to have added security cameras so that we can get a better view of what's going on outside during any part of the day or night," Warren said.