GREEN BAY, WI (WSAU) Schools throughout Wisconsin have beefed up their security in the wake of Friday’s elementary school massacre in Newtown Connecticut.
Schools on Green Bay’s east side were locked down yesterday afternoon. An alert to parents said police were dealing with a man who may have been considering suicide – and the situation was resolved fairly quickly. Police lifted the lockdown at 2:50 p-m, and no youngsters were hurt.Amanda Brooker of the Green Bay school district said some parents and staffers are feeling on edge after the Sandy Hook tragedy.
Police officers were stationed outside the elementary-and-middle schools in the Fox Point-Bayside district as kids arrived yesterday – and a moment of silence was held before the start of classes there. In Milwaukee, counseling services were offered to both youngsters and parents. And at those schools and others, administrators held meetings to go over safety procedures.
A two-year-old state law requires Wisconsin schools to have crisis plans. But Cedarburg Superintendent Daryl Herrick says there’s always something new to learn with every tragedy. The gunman at Sandy Hill broke a window to gain entry – so Herrick says school officials are looking to see if they should put bullet-proof glass in the fronts of their buildings.