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August 20, 2013

Duncan administrators, students return to school

DUNCAN — Increased security for opening day of Duncan Public Schools was discussed by administrators, following a random shooting Friday on Country Club Road. But, Assistant Superintendent Merry Stone said administrators in the meeting all agreed that they didn’t expect there to be a problem therefore increased security would not be needed.

The Central Office administrators met Monday with secondary principals.

“(The administrators) are very aware of what’s happened,” Stone said. “We will be vigilant of student safety.”

She said if feelings change, the school will not hesitate to increase the security at the various school campuses.

“If we did feel there was a situation, we would be on top of that,” Stone said.

Although there won’t be increased security at the schools, Stone said there would still be a police presence. This year’s resource officer is Wes Wainscott, who is taking over the post from Michael Breeze.

On Monday, there were a few police officers on the Duncan High School campus. Two officers stood at the temporary entrance on the north side of the main building. Stone said the school district has been in contact with the Duncan Police Department to ensure there isn’t a need for increased security.

Aside from police officers, Stone said the teachers will also serve as the eyes for the school. They will also be given the task of keeping the students’ focus on school instead of situations occurring in the community.

“It will be good for the kids to get back to school,” Stone said.

She said no plans have been made to include student counseling to discuss the shooting situation Friday. But as with school security, the school district will be watching to see if a need exists.

“Since we haven’t had kids at school yet, we don’t know if we need that yet,” Stone said. “We will do everything in our power to be there for our students.”

Despite phone calls and visits made to Superintendent Sherry Labyer’s and DHS Principal Justin Smith’s offices, neither could be reached for comment.

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