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COLUMBIA CITY â€” As school safety is ramping up around the country, many parents are asking â€” â€śHow much am I entitled to know?â€ť
The answer to that question is not always clear, as schools can be locked down for a variety of reasons â€” some that are open to the public, and some that arenâ€™t.
As some schools in Whitley County have been on â€ślockdownâ€ť in the last few years, many administrators struggled with parents who were concerned with the safety of their child, demanding details of the schoolâ€™s situation.
But fielding phone calls from parents mid-crisis isnâ€™t usually an option, and even after the fact, parents donâ€™t always get the answers theyâ€™re looking for.
â€śWhat parents want to know and what weâ€™re allowed to give them are not always the same thing,â€ť Indiana State Police Sergeant Aaron Cook said.
With todayâ€™s technology, when a school goes on a lockdown, high school and middle school students text their parents, sparking phone calls to the schools, and occasionally frantic parents who want answers.
â€śWe are working to keep children as safe as possible â€” that is our number one priority â€” then we work on communicating with the parents,â€ť Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor said. â€śSometimes we canâ€™t tell them whatâ€™s going on until after the situation is under control.â€ť
Oâ€™Connor said WCCS is working on a possible email and text messaging service for parents when situations occur.
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