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Quick response by school staff saves lives in Tehama County Tragedy

In the wake of the shooting spree that ended up at Rancho Tehama Elementary School yesterday.

Posted: Nov 15, 2017 3:05 PM
Updated: Nov 15, 2017 3:11 PM

In the wake of the shooting spree that ended up at Rancho Tehama Elementary School yesterday.

Authorities say it was the quick response by school staff that saved so many lives.

The staff at Tehama Elementary heard the gunshots down the road and within 90 seconds they had the school completely locked down.

They called students from outside into the classrooms, locked the doors giving the gunman, Kevin Jansen Neal, no targets when he drove through a fence onto the campus.

He then went on foot, began firing at windows with a semi-automatic rifle. No one was killed, and only one child was injured by gunfire.

According to Superintendent Rick Fitzpatrick, this was a question of minutes. The preparedness of the school in getting the lockdown complete as he came around the corner in his professional opinion saved the loss of life in this situation.

The Corning Elementary School District has a specific protocol in place for these types of situations. The superintendent explains implementing it, however, is every administrators’ nightmare.

Family members could not be notified by the standard text message or call as the lines were down following a barrage of 911 calls, but students were brought to refuge at the Rec Center.

The district brought in counselors to help students, staff and family members through the shock and trauma.

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