Tulsa Public Schools official discusses security

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Updated: 12/14/2012 10:17 pm Published: 12/14/2012 5:11 pm

Tulsa Public Schools reacted to the school shooting in Connecticut.

TPS police chief Gary Ruddick says they sent notifications to principals to be aware that many parents would be stressed and anxious and t let them know of any incidents.

Ruddick says TPS elementary schools are equipped with electronic systems on doors and surveillance cameras, but do not have the same police presence as is common at middle and high schools in the district.

Ruddick said campus officers can quickly get from the high schools to the elementary schools if needed. He also said the district uses a system to keep parents informed.

TPS Superintendent Dr. Keith Ballard said his heart goes out to the people of Newtown. TPS encouraged parents to talk to their children about this incident by providing honest information, but also limiting their exposure to coverage.

In Tulsa, Jenks Public School officials say security is heightened and will continue to be as the situation warrants.

They released this statement:

“Staff Members:

There has been a school shooting in an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. In response, we are asking you to be extremely vigilant in following our established safety policies and procedures. Additionally, there will an increased police presence at our campuses. Remember, if you see something, say something. As always, our first priority is the safety of our students, staff, and patrons.

We expect the school day to continue as usual. However, because we have already received calls and we understand the concern of parents, the following PowerAnnouncement was sent to all parents by Dr. Lehman:

'This is Kirby Lehman, superintendent of Jenks Public Schools. In response to today's events in Newtown, Connecticut, we are taking a moment to reassure our parents of the safety procedures we have in place in Jenks Public Schools. We will have an increased presence of Campus police at our school campuses. All Jenks Public Schools have routine drills to prepare staff and students for emergencies. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the community of Newtown, Connecticut.'

As always, the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority."

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SuckaState - 12/16/2012 1:01 PM
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Working for TPS is terrifying, it could happen at anytime. Security is lax at best even though they tout it's top notch. You have very few actual "POLICE", they are all stationed at the High Schools, the Middle School only gets a rent a cop from Securitas....and let me tell you, you should see some of these peeps. They wouldn't be able to find their mace can fast enough, because that is all that most are armed with, since they have to provide their own cleet certification if they want to be armed. TPS parents, you need to start figuring stuff out and holding your District accountable. Cause trust me, what you hear them spouting on television is a whole notha' story then what is actually going on. The things that happens at some of these schools and the public never hears about it because TPS is top notch at keeping stuff under wraps. Hale was just the tip of the iceberg the other day. Fights like that happen on a daily basis, the only difference in that situation was that someone actually alerted that someone about it and it went public.

Mayor Maynot - 12/16/2012 10:10 AM
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We can be there within minutes !!! With the average firepower of one shot per second that could 50 or 60 people in a few minutes. Better establish permanent security at all the grade schools too. Within a few minutes will eventually turn out to be a pretty lame effort if presence is ever really needed.

aleman - 12/15/2012 3:48 PM
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Hale High School should be top priority with its' massive gang problem and daily lockdowns

Unwashed Mass - 12/15/2012 12:05 PM
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"Ruddick said campus officers can quickly get from the high schools to the elementary schools if needed" yet regular police would be faster. Why risk a delayed response just to keep something in-house? The purpose of a separate TPS police was to keep things out of the paper.

Unwashed Mass - 12/15/2012 12:01 PM
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Who is surprised that Ruddick would use this to promote his own agenda?
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