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Renewed Vigilance After Ohio School Shooting

Last updated on Tuesday, February 28, 2012

(BLOOMFIELD) - Roger Axe, director of Greene County Emergency Management Agency, says the shooting at Chardon High School in Ohio is a scary reminder that school shootings still happen and residents can never have enough preparation for them.

"Shortly after the Columbine shooting in 1999, our office began meeting with schools to address this issue," Axe wrote in a press release. "As a member of the Greene County School Safety Committee and safety committees of several of the schools in the county, we have worked hard to improve the safety of our schools. Not only has this office helped in writing some of the school safety plans, but we have helped in the exercising of several of the plans."

Parents need to be aware that although there may be temporary inconveniences in increased safety procedures at our county schools, it is still well worth it when it saves students and staff from death and injury.

Parents are very key partners in the progress. They need to constantly remind their children if they hear something or something does not appear right to them, that it needs to be reported to parents or school officials. This is especially true in parents monitoring of their children's social media. As a member of the School Safety Committee, information provided by both students and parents has been invaluable in many instances in keeping our schools safe.

"The goal is simple yet significant, each student is to return home each day alive," says Axe.

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