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Chico improves school safety amidst mass shootings

In the wake of yet another deadly school shooting, parents are, understandably, worried.

Posted: Feb 15, 2018 6:55 PM

In the wake of yet another deadly school shooting, parents are, understandably, worried.

But schools know that, and the Chico Unified School District is actively taking steps to prevent that scenario.

The district has what's called a dirt team, District Intervention Response Team, which oversees school safety, and each school also has its own team.

There is an emergency notification system for all staff so the school can immediately issue a code and a lockdown if need be.

Jim Hanlon is the leader of that dirt team for the district, and says this year they're doing live, code red drills and evaluating how each school is responding.

They've also invested a lot in cameras and are putting fences around some of the schools.

“It’s not the perfect fix, but what it does is directs traffic into one place instead of multiple accesses,” he said.

All this meant to be a way to prevent a shooting from happening in his district.

But he says no matter how many fences they put in, they can't prevent it alone. They can't go through each person's social media profile and look for clues, which is why students and parents have to let them know if they think something or someone is suspicious.

And people have, and they've investigated.

“We've had Chico PD come in and they've gone to the home and searched for weapons because of something that was said on someone's Facebook or something,” he said.

Hanlon has a daughter in high school in Chico, and says based on what he knows, and what they're doing, it's still safer for kids to be on campus than somewhere else.

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