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Parents question safety procedures at Eureka City Schools
EUREKA- Parents of Eureka City Schools showed up to an informational meeting Tuesday night about the inherent dangers of firearms and pellet guns,
"Pellet guns right now have really been increasing in their speed and ability to inflict harm onto other people,” said Superintendent Fred Van Vleck.
The meeting comes one month after police say Eureka High School student Christian Kay, 18, shot at a group of students near L and Del Norte Street during lunchtime, which had parents questioning school officials about their safety procedures.
"We definitely want to see the kids getting more informed, I know one of the children who was in the recent incidents, he flat out said after this meeting that he really wants people to understand the difference between the type of guns, how severe it was, so that kids understand that it was not just a game” said parent Leah Gee.
The school district said there are four phases, prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery, which are all involved in preparing a school for an emergency.
Van Vleck said, “We practice regularly with our staff, we have drills, we have meetings, we reflect upon every time there is a situation that happens but anytime you are good at something that does not mean that it you can not get better."
Some parents questioned why they had not learned of a shooting near campus until hours later, while others questioned why the school had not been placed on lockdown, Eureka’s Police Chief Any Mills said,
“If an incident takes place off campus it is the police departments responsibility to ensure the public's safety, and I was comfortable that there was not an ongoing threat, if there were, I can guarantee you that every available body that we have would be down there with long rifles until we have sought out and eliminated the threat.”
Looking ahead, parents called for a school assembly to communicate and prepare students for future emergencies. Gee said, "I think what needs to be addressed is a timeline, when is the assembly going to happen. Our kids, the parents, the students, the educators themselves need to know what the timeline is so we can start addressing things as a community. I think this is a community issue not just a school issue.”