By Tim Kowols
Active shooter incidents across the country in recent years have forced local schools to look at their own safety plans. At Southern Door School District, a response team featuring local law enforcement, fire departments, and other emergency personnel was developed to meet on a regular basis to discuss “what if” scenario like active shooter incidents. Last year, Superintendent Patti Vickman says the district instituted a program known as “run, hide, fight” and installed a gun safe on campus to address some of the team’s concerns.
With an average response time of 10 to 12 minutes for law enforcement to respond to a rural school like Southern Door, Vickman says she hopes the proactive measures are never needed.