Following the devastating shooting in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary, Lakeforest Elementary School in Pitt County immediately started making changes to its security. The school installed cameras and added a buzz-in system. It also created a lockdown drill for teachers and students.
Lakeforest Elementary school started doing emergency drills last year, after a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary and opened fire, killing 6 adults and 20 children.
Friday Lakeforest Elementary performed a practice "shooter drill." After hearing an emergency announcement from the main office, students walked quickly and quietly to their cubbies, while their teachers secured the classroom. The building is monitored by 16 cameras inside and outside. One captures every person coming in and out. Principal Lavette Ford says all doors to the school remain locked from the outside after the first bell rings, including the classroom doors.
Ford says she will never forget when she heard the news about Sandy Hook.
"Immediately my thoughts were, oh my goodness, oh my goodness, it could happen here!I was very devastated about what was going on in Connecticut, and it hit home, not only for my students here that are at Lakeforest, but my own. Again, I can share with you that it was very important that we try to make sure that we put in measures so that we could keep everyone safe," said
Ford says, since the Sandy Hook shooting, the school has two emergency drills every year in which teachers and students practice what they would do if there was ever a shooter on campus.
By 2014 the goal for Pitt County Schools is to have all 36 elementary schools equipped with new security measures.