Typically when you see fire and police cars parked outside a school there’s reason for concern, but not today.
Fire, Police, and other emergency personnell gathered in Whitesboro to refine their plans, should they ever encounter an active shooter. It’s this planning School Resource Officer Jon Dziekan says is unfortunately necessary.
"Wherever you are, it could happen to anybody, and it’s just like cancer or anything else. Nobody’s immune from active shooter situations in this day and age."
The goal of this meeting was to address any emergency matters within the school district, but Whitesboro District Superintendent Brian Bellair said the focus centered around active shooter situations.
"Obviously that’s the one that gets a lot of attention, and we want to be prepared, but that probably, of the situations, is the least likely to occur. Now it doesn’t mean we don’t prepare for it. We will, but we also want to make sure that we’re talking about those other emergencies that have a much higher probability of occurring."
The Whitesboro Central School District has deployed a number of security measures, but Jon Dziekan tells us how those investments are paying off.
"Sometimes I walk in the cafeteria, and I actually have kids come out of their seat and give me a big hug. You know, I don’t even know them from Adam, but they give me a big bear hug. You can tell that they’re happy to be here and it’s just… I got teachers telling me they’re happy that we there, like I said parents, students. It’s a win, win as far as I’m concerned, and I think it’s going to continue, because to me once you put security in place, how do you take it away?"
It would appear the one thing being taken away in this gathering is a more comprehensive plan to keep the district safe.