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School threats taken seriously in Clinton

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CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Potentially violent school threats targeted schools from the east to west coast and forced some school leaders to implement lock downs and in some cases evacuations in recent days.

When is the call made to actually lock down a school or evacuate it?

 What is happening behind the scenes after a threat is made?

Clinton Public School District says they are ready and have a crisis plan in place.

"When we have incidents like that where we receive threats, obviously we work closely with them to determine if it's credible, how serious it is and what action we should take in accordance with our plan," said Clinton Public Schools Public Information Officer Sandi Beason.

Beason is referring to the Clinton Police Department.

In 2014 Clinton Public Schools held an active shooter drill. Beason said practices like the drill help the district stay proactive.

"Every school has a crisis plan," said Beason. "Teachers have flip charts in their rooms detailing what they should do and we also have a very good relationship with the local police department. We have certified police officers who work full time in our schools everyday."

A couple of years ago the district was only one of four in the nation to receive a Federal Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Grant. This is the crisis plan they now have in place.

"That money allowed us to completely redo our crisis plans, get them updated with state and federal standards, train our people, supply classrooms with emergency equipment," added Beason.

Beason said it was a very helpful tool, allowing the district to meet state and federal guidelines to ultimately keep children safe.

She said the crisis plan involved extensive training and allows for a better flow of communication.

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