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After Shooter Drill, Palo Alto Students And Teachers Are Worried About Safety

KCBS Radio Midday News
September 28, 2018 - 10:47 am

New worries about safety ripped across Palo Alto High School after a recent school shooter drill exposed shortcomings in security barriers and the communications system. 

A malfunctioning intercom system meant that some classes didn't hear emergency announcements. Plus, there are many doors that only lock from the outside of classes, making it impossible to keep out would-be shooters without putting someone in danger. 

English teachers are so concerned that they've submitted a formal Williams Complaint earlier this month. That launches a process forcing the administration to respond.

TV-station KPIX interviewed several students who were critical of the school's preparedness. 

Last March, the school of 2,000 students was the target of an active shooter hoax. For several minutes, students thought that a genuine crisis was unfolding. 

The following month, the Palo Alto High School magazine Verde devoted an entire issue to school shootings.

A statement issued by the Palo Alto Unified School District Superintendent reads "we are evaluating the issues raised by a single department at one of our schools."

Reported by Jennifer Hodges

Written by Diana Shook