A Year After Sandy Hook Tragedy, Student Safety Top Priority

December 13, 2013
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A year after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, local schools and law enforcement focus on student safety.

A year after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook, local schools and law enforcement focus on student safety.

Saturday marks the first anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. The tragedy claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 first graders.

The events on December 14, 2012 served as a harsh reminder of the importance of school safety to educators across the nation, including in Southeastern Indiana.

“Those types of instances such as Sandy Hook, make us take a step back and revaluate where we are at with our safety plans,” said Milan Superintendent Paul Ketcham.

The Milan Community School Corporation is among schools throughout the state that continue to find ways to improve school security. Ketcham indicated his most important responsibility as school superintendent is student safety.

“If you said the top three things for a school to be successful, a lot of times we worry about standardized tests but its school safety,” Ketcham said. “If kids aren’t able to come to school and feel safe, their not able to focus on their academics, and same for staff members.”

Local law enforcement agencies continue to prepare for a Sandy Hook type tragedy. The Indiana State Police have held active shooter trainings at several schools. Authorities use the in-school training for officers to familiarize themselves with the layout of local schools and also inform students, faculty and community members on the importance of having a plan.

Vigils are being held throughout the country to honor the victims of the tragedy. An event in Indianapolis will be held Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.

 

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Hope CANCER SUPPORT GROUP @ United Methodist Church
Jul 30 @ 5:30 pm
The Batesville United Methodist Church, in partnership with Margaret Mary Health, will soon be offering a cancer support group whose goal is to ensure access to valuable community resources to those living with cancer. The group will also provide hope, encouragement, education and sanctuary. HOPE will meet on the last Thursday of each month at 5:30 PM at the Batesville United Methodist Church and will feature a guest speaker, time for topic discussion and fellowship. The Batesville community and beyond are invited to attend! The first session is scheduled for Thursday, June 26 and will feature a discussion around the emotional rollercoaster of cancer and the fear of recurrence. For a complete list of monthly topics or for more information, contact Kari Ann Rennekamp of the Margaret Mary Outpatient and Cancer Center at 812.933.3741 or the Batesville United Methodist Church at 812.934.3137.
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Join representatives from each of Batesville’s local banks at the Batesville Public Library who will offer tips and personal assistance to master your online and mobile banking! Stop by any time between 5:30 and 7:30 Thursday, July 30 to learn how these online tools can help you manage your accounts, balance your budget, pay your bills, save and more! Feel free to bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone.
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“The Best of Batman” Movie Showing @ The Gibson Theatre
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In honor of the 76th anniversary of Batman, the Gibson Theatre will be showing the animated film, “The Best of Batman” on Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 pm. Free to the public, costumes welcome! The first children will receive a Batman Book or Comic Book donated by the Batesville Memorial Public Library. Sponsored by Batesville’s own Grinning Goblin Comics & Games. Supported by the Batesville Memorial Public Library. **Use your summer reading coupon for popcorn & drink at the Gibson Theatre!**

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