The Norman Transcript


December 15, 2012

Massacre makes local officials take hard look at emergency readiness



Easley said the police department has been considering a long term plan of integrating school resource officers on campuses. Though the school district has their own officers, school resource officers funded by the city would increase police presence and offer additional security. The police department has no definite plans to attain school resource officers due to a matter of funding.

For more information about the police department’s emergency policies call 405-321-1600.

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Tom Pecore, Norman resident and teacher at Putnam City North High School, knows first-hand that acts of violence in public schools aren’t reserved for only certain places — he was in the line of fire at a shooting at Western Heights High School in Oklahoma City in the late 80s.

Still, Pecore said for the most part Oklahoma schools are very safe places, with a great deal of attention paid to teacher and student safety. What does need to change, he said, is not necessarily school policy — but family and community involvement.

“What I would say is communities need to rally around and support their schools and support their teachers,” Pecore said. “Communities need to become bigger parts of their schools. Just because your children are no longer involved in your public high school doesn’t mean you don’t have a role.

“I challenge businesses to come to our schools, to make themselves known, to see what they can do. I challenge community leaders to come to our schools. It’s your school. The school belongs to the community. Everybody, everybody has an interest to the schools and we need to be committed to lifting our teachers and our students up.”


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