NO HEIGHTENED ALERT STATUS AT NCOE; all is well there according to Dr. KarnesPosted by Jack Howser on Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 @ 10:10 am.
That’s not exactly what’s going on, but it’s close.
Dr. Karnes advised that there IS NOT HEIGHTENED ALERT STATUS at the school.
He did say that as of this morning they’ve brought in extra personnel, including former teachers with whom the students are familiar, as well as a crisis team from WOVSED up in Norris City, so that kids can have someone to talk to, as so many of them knew Jessica Evans, and the grief counselors are in demand.
The extra teachers are a twofold measure: they provide people for the kids to talk to, but they also serve as extra eyes and ears in the school, IN CASE local law enforcement advises that there IS an alert and school staff has to take precautions. It always helps to have plenty of “boots on the ground” in such an event, and in this case, the extra teachers are already there, and can go into action should there be some kind of danger.
As for right now, there is none. Dr. Karnes said the staff is working extremely closely with local law enforcement, including ISP, White County Sheriff’s personnel, and Norris City police. If there is anything to be concerned about, law enforcement will notify NCOE immediately, and action will be taken to ensure that the kids in school today are safe and secure. And there will be notification so that parents will know what to expect, in such an event.
We’ll try to stay on top of this situation, so as not to alarm anyone unnecessarily, but to keep you apprised of ANY kind of situation, as we know how gut-wrenching it can be when your kids are away from you and there’s an indistinct, but possible, threat. Keep checking back, and please bear with us on the slowness of the site; we haven’t gotten in touch with our tech guy yet. We THANK YOU so much for your continued support of our site and news organization. We’re committed to doing the best we can for you, our friends, neighbors and family. Hang in there, and keep up your prayers for the families involved in this tragedy.
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