Area schools gather with law enforcement to collaborate ideas regarding school violence

Adams County Sheriff Dept. Speaks

20 years ago, after 13 people were killed in the Columbine High School shooting, leaders started to plan ways to curb school violence.

Fast forward to now, just 21 weeks into 2018, and 23 school shootings have taken the nation by storm.

Wednesday, in Litchfield Illinois, two pieces of ammunition were found in a high school boy’s bathroom.

Law enforcement and local educators met Wednesday in a collaborative effort to keep your children safe.

The Adams County Sheriff’s Department as well as the Quincy Police Department talked about threats, real life scenarios and what they will do if an active shooter situation breaks right here in Adams County.

"Once you see there is an active shooter incident, you gonna ride, you are going to hide, you are going to fight,” said Adams County Sheriff Chief Deputy Rich Wagner.

Law enforcement agencies came together Wednesday with school leaders to discuss the plans each district has when it comes to school violence.

"Our biggest challenge I believe in the last four or five years was just getting everybody together and understanding our common goal is to keep our children safe,” said Adams County Sheriff Deputy Adam Goehl.

Mass causalities across the nation have prompted action at a local level.

"Training with these students and the staff is very critical so they know what to do in case there is an active shooter in the school or like Adam said anywhere in the county,” said Chief Deputy Wagner.

Currently the Liberty, Mendon, Camp Point and Payson School districts partake in an active shooting drill every year with the Adams County Sheriff's Dept.

"Each district since they know their own so well, can figure out what additional pieces they can put into place and their next steps moving forward," said Regional Superintendent of Schools Jill Reis.

The Quincy Police Department, has three full time school resource officers throughout its schools in the Quincy Public School District.

"Alot of time we end up doing school book bag searches and we help cordinate and do those with the indiviual school that is involved,” said Quincy Police Chief Rob Copley.

Deputies have set goals to increase communication, and what your student should do in a time of crisis.

"When a student pops around the corner with a cell phone in their hand it is a very critical situation,” said Chief Deputy Wagner. "We want to work on training the student on what to do if the fire alarm is pulled during an active student event.”

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