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Demoney staff addresses aftermath of tragedy

December 17, 2012
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

Demoney Elementary began to address any local impact of the Connecticut school shootings Friday, even before details of the event began to unfold, the Estherville Lincoln Central Board of Education learned Monday.

Demoney principal Justin Bouse said that on Friday staff began discussing the event, and that he had visited with counselor Jody Condon to make her available all day Monday to meet with students.

Bouse said he had decided not to take instruction time to talk about the incident but rather to have Condon available to speak with students individually, if necessary.

"Some really good conversations have been ongoing since Friday," Bouse said.

Board member Kathy Cornwall said further discussion needs to happen. "What do we do if there's an actual intruder?" she asked.

Superintendent Tara Paul said board policy addressed that, and that the crisis management team meets annually to address the issue.

She said though that the team should meet again in light of last Friday's events.

She noted that while strict security measures were in place at Sandy Hook Elementary, the shooter had shot through windows to gain entry.

Paul said she had also instructed principals that they should call her as a central point of contact in the event of an incident.



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