School Leaders Address Cuyahoga Falls, Woodridge Security Following Massacre

Superintendents Todd Nichols and Walter Davis, along with Board of Education member Kellie Patterson, offered their input following the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting.

Updated Dec. 15, 11:40 a.m.

On Friday morning, the U.S. experienced one of its worst tragedies in recent memory when Adam Lanza opened fire in a

Lanza, 20, reportedly committed suicide following the massacre, which took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The children he killed were said to be between 5 and 10 years old.

On Friday, Cuyahoga Falls Patch spoke to local school leaders who offered their reactions to the shooting and input on school security.

Cuyahoga Falls City Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols: We regularly review our security and emergency planning policies and procedures, we will again Monday in an administrative meeting.  We will make any adjustments necessary to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Frankly, security would be one benefit of new buildings; they are much more secure in their design and incorporation of high-tech security systems.  Until then, we will work with what we have.

Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education Vice President Kellie Patterson: In the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools, we have an emergency plan in place that is reviewed and updated yearly in conjunction with CF safety forces. The plans are then forwarded to Ohio's Attorney General so that law enforcement officials can have instant access to floor plans, safety protocol and procedures should the need ever arise.  Unfortunately, it is tragedies like that in Newtown, Columbine, and Chardon that allow us to look for any shortcomings in our own contingency plans and adjust them accordingly. In addition to planning with our local safety forces, we also have drills at least twice per year in each building so that staff, students, and volunteers understand the procedures and are familiar with what is expected of them in an emergency situation. I don't believe you can prevent random acts of violence, but we can be prepared with our reaction to it. 

Woodridge Local Schools Superintendent Walter Davis: We are confident that the plans we have in place – in collaboration with local law enforcement and civic authorities are sufficient.  However, when events like this happen, and when we have all the details of this specific case, we will review our own security plans to ensure that we have addressed all possible contingencies.  Our prayers go out to the good people of Connecticut, the parents, the students, the faculty, and the entire community there.

Heather Light December 15, 2012 at 01:40 PM
A Plan thats all you have essentially a plan is not a preventative action we need security systems in all schools they need to be on lock down during all school hours parents should have to buzzed in and identified prior to coming into schools and we need metal detectors in our schools those are the preventatives we need. I am terrified to send my daughter to school because of what the world is coming to if school security doesnt improve my daughter will not be attending any school I know she needs social interaction but she will get it elsewhere I will home school and I will sign her up for activities such as dance classes and swimming lessons so she gets to socialization she needs.
Kathleen Mayfield December 15, 2012 at 02:24 PM
It is a shame that the world has to come to all this tradgey. Also a shame that children have to be afraid to go to School and when they do they have to be in lock down like prisoners we need to look at the real problem GUNS.
Sumco Res December 15, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Just as kids find illegal drugs, psychos will find guns. Guns are not the problem - people are. Banning guns only means that good people will not have them to protect themselves from bad people that do have them.
Wanda Minor December 15, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Hey Heather, did you hear? Newtown, CT had all the procedures you name above in place. I don't want my kids thinking that their school is a prison that needs locked down.
Wanda Minor December 15, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Really? Guns caused this? I didn't know guns had free will. The guy in China used knives. Maybe knives are the gateway weapon to guns. Lets ban guns, knives, tools in general as most of them are either sharp or heavy and can bludgeon people. We also need to ban hands. Hands can strangle.
Wanda Minor December 15, 2012 at 03:43 PM
It must be the end of the world. I actually agree with you for once. Now I'm questioning my own sanity...
THOMAS KANE December 15, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I cant help but think that 1 licensed ccw were in the area what a difference could have been made.If police cant be everywhere at once,you certainly increase your odds with some help in those who are legally allowed and trained too carry.We cant always blame the guns.Sometimes the guns are used too save lives.It happens nearly everyday.You just dont hear about THAT news.
michelle December 15, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Heather Light December 16, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Exactly I dont feel its a gun issue I think some things should be changes about how people obtain guns and what not but I dont blame the gun for killing those kids I blame the man behind the gun and if the school had proper safety measures how did he force he way in the story has changed and kept changing since yesterday who knows the truth behind all this.
Ed Fisher December 16, 2012 at 02:04 AM
The mental defective used a gun or guns to kill innocent children and adults. If a knife had been used (as in China) would you call for more laws on knives ? A permit to have your kitchen knives ? Your emotional rant is just that. The KILLER chose to use a gun instead of any number of other items that can be called upon to kill people. Tougher laws on guns ? Let's see.....tell me about how the criminals and crazies obey those laws..........
Earl Elevant December 16, 2012 at 09:45 AM
Maybe we need to look at getting rid of the mentally ill. The guns don't kill on their own. It takes a crazy person pulling the trigger to make it work. So, anyone for rounding them up and eliminating this problem? Taking guns from law abiding citizens isn't the answer.
Caitlin Campbell December 16, 2012 at 07:16 PM
The key difference being, in the attack in China, no one died.
Caitlin Campbell December 16, 2012 at 07:24 PM
I think there can be an answer that addresses both issues. I don't believe that guns should be outlawed, but I do believe there should be stricter control over them. As far as addressing the issues of the mentally ill, I do believe (and sincerely hope) you were using hyperbole when you said that we need to "look at getting rid of" them. However, finding proper and adequate care for the mentally ill is certainly a measure that should be explored. And finding help for parents of these mentally ill children. For many, the only option is prison, and that is not where sick children belong.
Earl Elevant December 16, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Rounding up the mentally ill makes as much sense as rounding up the guns. If we're talking about one, we may as well talk about the other.


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