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EACS meeting with parents over school safety

At least three students in our area were arrested for making threats to schools.

Posted: Mar 5, 2018 11:09 PM

LEO, Ind. (WFFT) - Schools across the country are keeping student security a top priority amid several threats.

At least three students in our area were arrested for making threats to schools.

The most recent arrest came after a threat to Leo Junior-Senior High School Friday.

East Allen County Schools are holding meetings with parents to let them know the systems they have place.

More than 200 parents filled the cafeteria Leo Junior-Senior High School looking for information about security procedures in place across the district.

However, many left unsatisfied with what they heard.

"I feel like my kids are safe here," said Jennifer Arnold, who has two children at Leo Junior-Senior High School.

She was one of many Leo parents at Monday's meeting on school safety.

For her, the meeting reconfirmed what she already believed.

"Trying to get a mass message out to everyone. In too, it's a learning process for them. I think maybe some of the parents didn't think they were communicated well with," Arnold said.

Many parents declined interviews with FOX 55 after the meeting because they weren't happy with the information provided.

They were hoping for more information about the threat Friday.

Parents said they didn't the school did enough about the threat.

However, Arnold said she felt the school did the right thing.

"I feel like they did all that they could've and should've to ensure the security of our students," said Arnold.

"That is probably the most important thing to us, for students to feel safe, and then obviously work on curriculum instruction," said EACS Superintendent Marilyn Hissong.

Hissong went over the drills and training staff members have for various situations, from a fire drill to an active shooter.

"We want parents to talk to their students about the safety drills we do. To be aware of those and be sure students understand why we do them," she said.

Hissong said the district is working to open the lines of communication across the district.

"Communication is huge. Communication from parents, communication from staff to parents. We know we need to keep working on that. That is huge for our students, for our staff, just for our communities at large," Hissong said.

There will be similar meetings at other high schools in East Allen County Schools.

Paul Harding High School/East Allen University
Wednesday, March 7
6 p.m.

Woodland Jr./Sr. High School
Wednesday, March 7
6 p.m.

Heritage Jr./Sr. High School
Thursday, March 8
6 p.m.

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