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‘Are we doing everything right?’: Shooting in Nashville prompts LPS to look more closely at safety

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – The recent tragic shooting at a Nashville school has prompted Lincoln schools to reconsider safety for their students.

“Every time there’s a school tragedy in the nation, it’s heard here,” said Joseph Wright, director of safety for Lincoln Public Schools. “We have to ask ourselves, ‘Are we doing everything right or in the best possible way so that we can avoid or minimize any such harm?’ These are difficult discussions.

Six people were killed in a devastating school shooting in Nashville on Monday.

The ripple effect reached out to the Lincoln families.

Wright said parents contacted him out of concern for their children.

He said he has taken steps to make LPS as safe as possible.

“I think mostly we just turn our drills into a safety curriculum because that’s what schools do best, is teach and learn,” Wright said. “The safest thing in our schools is to have a positive relationship with a trusted adult, and if something doesn’t feel right, report it.”

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Wright said they often do drills in schools to teach students and staff the best plan.

And LPS also works with the Lincoln Police, doing structured exercises and meeting after tragedies like the one in Nashville.

“We always have a good relationship with the police.”

Wright said it’s a difficult aspect of his job, but shootings like the one that occurred in Nashville can help teach others how to be better prepared.

“It’s a really weird conversation to have, especially after what just happened a couple days ago,” she said. “Unfortunately, people have been killed there, they’ve been murdered there, but a lot of people in that school did things very well, and we’re starting to feel like maybe that saved lives.”

SEE ALSO: The Safe to Say button helps LPS prevent students from bringing their BB gun to school

All of the safety curriculum used by LPS is available on its website, including the Safe to Say button, where you can report concerns.

But Wright said the most important thing is good communication between everyone, parents, students and teachers.

“Knowing that children have lost their lives is very, very difficult,” Wright said. “The important message for us is that it’s not just our safety that protects people, it really is everyone. All of our children, all of our employees, all of our families. So we have a great team.”

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