Update Pennsbury School District's School Safety Plan
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On February 14, 2018, an armed gunman attacked Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, resulting in the deaths of 17 students and teachers.
Stoneman Douglas High School and Pennsbury High School are similar schools because they are both multi-campus schools with a large student body.
At Pennsbury High School, we have quarterly code-red/yellow drills. These drills have been practiced since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. However, the way these drills are conducted must change.
These drills only happen during A, B, and D period while classes are in session. Drills are not conducted during C period (the period when lunches are served), during the changing of classes, nor at the beginning or the end of the day. These times are when the hallways and the path are the most crowded. It is also important to note that the only protocol for when students are walking the path in the event of an attack is to run and hide. This is unacceptable.
We believe that it is our right to go to school and to be safe while in school. We believe that we should not be afraid to go to school because we are afraid of dying in a school shooting. We believe we have the right to know exactly what to do in the event of a school shooting no matter where we are on campus.
We ask for the school safety protocol to be reviewed and updated for the safety and well-being of the students and staff. We ask for code-red and code-yellow drills to be held more than once a quarter, and for a more acceptable safety plan for those walking the path in the event of an active shooter situation. We ask for our rights to feel safe be upheld.
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