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Safety at local schools

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BENTON COUNTY, Wash. - A deadly week in two high schools throughout the nation has many parents concerned about the place they send their kids everyday.

In the Tri-Cities there is a lot of work that goes into safety and preparation but as we have recently seen some things are not preventable.

A Weston School Administrator in Wisconsin tearfully addressed the community after a student shot the principal.  He said, "He was injured because he was trying to maintain control and protect the students and staff at Weston."

Just days ago in Colorado an intruder takes the life of a young girl before his own.

Parents in the community have expressed concern about safety at schools. Rich Buel works in the Kennewick School district.  He said," we've got evacuation drills if we have to get the kids out in a hurry, we have lock down drills in case they have to stay in the room if there's an emergency."

Buel said there are cameras, radios and monitors throughout our local schools.

Police, the fire department and school officials meet quarterly to discuss the disaster preparation plans.  They have even hired a risk management consultant to help.

Buel said, "It's interesting we met we'll talk about things in hopes we'll never have to do them."

Sergio Fossa is the Richland High School Principal, "when parents send their kids to school they expect them to come home safe and relatively happy and we work hard to make sure that happens."

School officials said they have safety plans, practice drills and a system in case something tragic happened here.

Buel said, "Everybody wants to know in any emergency.  Where's my kid is my kid safe. This whole procedure is set up so that we know where the kids are if there's any sort of emergency."

School officials said years ago it was fire drills that dominated the safety precautions in schools.  Today administrator said that deadly situations across the country have really changed the way they deal with being prepared in case of an emergency.