Shooting Has School Boards Reviewing Safety Policies

Local school boards are reviewing safety procedures after a suicidal gunman took aim and fired at school board members during a regularly scheduled meeting in Florida.

Panama City, Florida police say 56-year-old Clay Duke walked to the front of the room and spray painted the letter "v" in a circle, and then pulled out a gun. He fired at school board members several times but never hit anyone. Police say he turned the gun on himself, after a security guard fired back.

This shooting is a wake-up call for all school boards in the east, according to local districts. Beaufort County superintendent Dr. Don Phipps says since this incident they plan to look further into their own security measures. "We'll look at our procedures. We do a lot of training and updating of our procedure and our protocol. This is just something that puts it in the forefront. It's an alarm that needs to go off."

Beaufort County's School Board chairman says he hopes to have a discussion with members on this issue after their December meeting.

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  • by REM Location: ENC on Dec 16, 2010 at 12:14 PM
    "How about metal detectors in ALL schools." Or we can stop side stepping the problem and reinstate the real solution. Concealed handgun permit holders should be allowed to carry anywhere except a courthouse. There is no need to bad it anywhere else. "Gun free" school zones are a shooting gallery for criminals and psychopaths. It's about time people learn to respect the reasons for the second amendment, and also learn to protect yourselves. When seconds count, the police are minutes away!
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Dec 16, 2010 at 11:43 AM
    "US-Fruit", it wasn't a member of the school board that was the problem. It was a pushy, arrogant, know-it-all, US-Fruitcake with a gun and a bad attitude. They don't want to keep normal citizens out of the meetings, just US-Fruitcakes who lack the clarity of thought to understand that they are not perfect and do not have the right to meet out punishment to others. I think this US-Fruitcake who did the shooting, along with all the other US-Fruitcakes need to get some help in letting go of their animosity for others and their desire to feel like they are better than somebody, ...anybody.
  • by crystal h Location: chocowinity, nc on Dec 16, 2010 at 09:38 AM
    What's new?? They are always looking for better safety measures, but yet this type of thing keeps happening. How about metal detectors in ALL schools. And security personell on site. I mean we pay all these taxes.......why not protect our children!!!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Dec 16, 2010 at 05:28 AM
    Result of liberal hate groups pushing for class warfare. I say its time for TSA to take control over everything in your lives now. Kids going through body scanners, like adults, to ball games and any gathering where 9 or more people will be gathered. You didn't mind it on the planes...enjoy your new life. At least try to filter out the perverts operating the scanners....
  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2010 at 09:40 PM
    result of the republicans not extending unemployment.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Dec 15, 2010 at 07:18 PM
    Keep allowing criminals on the school board and you might have to expect guns in the board room.
  • by US-First Location: Greenville on Dec 15, 2010 at 07:16 PM
    Great now the school board even thinks more of themselves than before if that possible. How much money will be diverted into security for scared school board members? One story goes viral and will become an excuse to restrict public access from school board activities even more. The average person is in just as much danger on the street from other citizens. This is a ruse to shut the public out. More transparency is the solution not less.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2010 at 05:55 PM
    The story has been running non stop on the 24 hour news channels, only hope that a copy cat doesn't emerge when they start announcing job cuts locally or if an unhinged parent is upset about redistricting.

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