KENNEWICK, Wash., - Security in school is one of the most important aspects of education.
One week after a 12 year old student brought bullets into Highlands Middle School, other schools in the region have taken note.
Once a year, school officials meet at the Crisis Response Center in Richland to discuss emergency procedures.
Southridge High School has not had an emergency yet this year, but emphasizes how important safety at school is.
"For the district, not just at Southridge, safety is number one," said Assistant Principal Mike Christman, "In order to get an education and be successful in high school, you have to feel safe where you're coming to get that education."
Southridge and other local schools are required to hold at least 8 emergency drills for both lock downs and evacuations.