Rural Montana Schools Re-evaluate Safety Policies after Sandy Hook

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Monday, January 14, 2013

Schools across America are re-evaluating their policies, procedures and facilities in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and Thompson Falls is no different.

What is different is that rural school districts like Thompson Falls face much different challenges than urban schools, Superintendent Jerry Pauli says.

There is a limit to how many law enforcement officers could respond quickly to such an incident in a small community, Pauli says, and not enough to secure a perimeter around a school while simultaneously dealing with a shooter inside one.

What, then, if an incident occurs at a rural high school full of teenagers with cellphones?

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