Total lockdown after deputy's shooting was a first for Broward ...

Code Yellow. All Broward County Public Schools had been placed on lockdown. Wednesday was the first time those words were spoken and with them the normal rhythms of the school day were jolted. Full Story
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Enough is Enough

United States

#21 Nov 9, 2007
Just wondering wrote:
As a parent of a child who was in one of the schools close to where the van was found (Davie Blvd & Riverland Rd) I NEVER received any phone call from the district. I sat right by the phone all day - watching the events unfold. I wasn't worried about my child but I DID NOT RECEIVE ANY PHONE CALL.
I'm sick of the district and this paper that reports the rhetoric coming out of the "school officials" mouths.
There were not mass phone calls made.
Out of curiosity where is your child every weekday during the time that this tragedy occurred? If the school was under lock down, where did you think your child would be? I could not think of pulling a child out of class unless it was for something important such as a family trip to the mall?

I don't mean to pick on you but Finally the district made a solid decision yet we are still throwing rocks at them?
emtae

United States

#22 Nov 9, 2007
I have no issues with the lockdown as I knew my 2 sons were safe with that lunatic running around town armed with a gun. The issue I have is this, if they have plans to go on lockdowns for safety issues when they arise, they need to have plans formulated to allow the kids to eat and go to the bathroom. My kids had to wait until the lockdown was lifted to do both. What if the police did not catch the guy until, say, 5 or 6 pm? Are the kids expected to not eat and soil themselves while they wait? Kids have a hard time handling hunger and an even harder time holding it if you know what I mean. Some additional planning is needed on the part of the school board to address these issues.
Average Joe

United States

#23 Nov 9, 2007
Enough is Enough wrote:
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Out of curiosity where is your child every weekday during the time that this tragedy occurred? If the school was under lock down, where did you think your child would be? I could not think of pulling a child out of class unless it was for something important such as a family trip to the mall?
I don't mean to pick on you but Finally the district made a solid decision yet we are still throwing rocks at them?
Think about "picking on me"? I was just contradicting the article that stated phone calls were made to tell parents about the lockdown. I was not worried about my child and I never even thought of driving into the "crime scene" to try to pick my child up nor did I post as such.

As far as the District finally making a solid decision? Oh please. I have friends (adults) who work at various schools around the county. What I heard from them about the chaos surrounding their day at school was horrendous. That's not the point. My point was that the Sun Sentinel reported phone calls were made to parents and as a parent I am saying - no, I never received any phone call. That's all.
Jeesh guess you just want to pick huh?
Idiot Kniocking

Buffalo, NY

#24 Nov 9, 2007
Bassman wrote:
I think the lock down was great and it gives me peace of mind to know that my kids were safe. You're an idiot if you have a problem with the School Boards decision.
The only problem I had with the lock down was that my daughters said they initally did not know what caused the lockdown. One of my daughters said she did not know if it was because of a terrorist attack or we were at war. The point is the Schools should give the students a brief summary as to why they were on lockdown, don't make their imaginations run wild.
Overall: Good job School Board!
You need to have your head examined. Doing this lockdown is terrorism enough for the kids. To stae you know they were safe is outrageous. Our kids are having all sorts of problems in scholls these days and this type of behavior, and your type of thinking just add fuel to the fire.
Lily

United States

#25 Nov 9, 2007
Average Joe wrote:
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Think about "picking on me"? I was just contradicting the article that stated phone calls were made to tell parents about the lockdown. I was not worried about my child and I never even thought of driving into the "crime scene" to try to pick my child up nor did I post as such.
As far as the District finally making a solid decision? Oh please. I have friends (adults) who work at various schools around the county. What I heard from them about the chaos surrounding their day at school was horrendous. That's not the point. My point was that the Sun Sentinel reported phone calls were made to parents and as a parent I am saying - no, I never received any phone call. That's all.
Jeesh guess you just want to pick huh?
I did receive a call, granted, it was to my home phone (and no one was there to answer) but there was a message on the machine.
Fed Up

Austin, TX

#28 Nov 9, 2007
Not only did I receive 1 phone call, but I received 2 as I have 2 kids in Broward County schools. I received 2 calls when the lockdown went into effect and another 2 calls once it was lifted. If you did not receive a call, it's probably your own fault as the School Board does not have your current phone number.

like few others, i am very happy that the lockdown took place as i knew my kids were safe. had this lunatic gone into a school (because it is not completely out of the question that he would NOT) and no lockdown was instituted, you people would be the first ones to complain and try to sue the school board for not protecting your children. it is a shame that our world has come to this, but we need to face that fact that it is what it is and the school broad did the right thing to ensure the safety of our children.

as for the lack of food i suggest you take that up with your individual school as neither of my kids were denied. lunch was served in the class rooms at both their schools. granted timeliness was a bit of an issue, but they ate nonetheless. i would rather have a hungry child than a dead one.

my vote is definitely for the school board to err on the side of safety first!
Concerned

United States

#29 Nov 9, 2007
Americans need stop buying into this craziness, we are losing are freedoms every day be it a lunatic cop killer with a gun or a terror plot. Im all for having everyone safe but at what cost. It seems officials are getting complacent with all this hype and striking unnecessary "Terror" into us Americans.
Just Asking

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#32 Nov 9, 2007
Just wondering wrote:
As a parent of a child who was in one of the schools close to where the van was found (Davie Blvd & Riverland Rd) I NEVER received any phone call from the district. I sat right by the phone all day - watching the events unfold. I wasn't worried about my child but I DID NOT RECEIVE ANY PHONE CALL.
I'm sick of the district and this paper that reports the rhetoric coming out of the "school officials" mouths.
There were not mass phone calls made.
Does the School have your correct phone number? When a parent changes their phone number, they need to notify the school office so they can make the proper changes in the computer that generates these calls.
Stupidity

Henderson, NV

#33 Nov 9, 2007
Only morons i.e. police goons could be so stupid. Arm the parents to stop this stupidity. Parents have the right not to have their children imprisoned by the police.
WatchDog

United States

#34 Nov 9, 2007
Lockdown is ok for a subj that's Signal-0 in the neighborhood but parents should have the right to remove their kids during these times. In Deerfield HS you have one BSO Deputy and a handful of idiots claiming to be security officers (unarmed). Most of these security guards are too busy doing something other than security, most spend the entire day up front BS'n around, making jokes when they should be on patrol.

You have a suspect that killed a deputy then flad, you don't know exactly where he went to, there's a lockdown, you have a handful of security officers (unarmed) and one BSO Deputy guarding a school.

Boy I feel safe already, Im sure my kids do too.
Parent

Miami, FL

#35 Nov 9, 2007
Fed Up wrote:
Not only did I receive 1 phone call, but I received 2 as I have 2 kids in Broward County schools. I received 2 calls when the lockdown went into effect and another 2 calls once it was lifted. If you did not receive a call, it's probably your own fault as the School Board does not have your current phone number.
like few others, i am very happy that the lockdown took place as i knew my kids were safe. had this lunatic gone into a school (because it is not completely out of the question that he would NOT) and no lockdown was instituted, you people would be the first ones to complain and try to sue the school board for not protecting your children. it is a shame that our world has come to this, but we need to face that fact that it is what it is and the school broad did the right thing to ensure the safety of our children.
as for the lack of food i suggest you take that up with your individual school as neither of my kids were denied. lunch was served in the class rooms at both their schools. granted timeliness was a bit of an issue, but they ate nonetheless. i would rather have a hungry child than a dead one.
my vote is definitely for the school board to err on the side of safety first!
Well said!!! Enough with the whining. I would much rather know my child is locked in a school with a police officer at the main entrance than worry about a cop killer with nothing to lose entering the campus. No bathrooms and no lunch?? That is a school based decision. Why lock down all schools?? Maybe because the escapee went from Pompano to Fort Lauderdale to Hollywood...no one knew where he was. Better safe than sorry. Good job to all the teachers and administrators who kept our children safe and secure. Teachers and schools are too underappreciated in our society.
frank

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#36 Nov 9, 2007
People get killed every day in broward county ...why don't we have lock downs every day? Waste money by blocking all of the streets and have helicopters fly in concentric circles.
Moe Faux

Boynton Beach, FL

#37 Nov 9, 2007
You complainers are idiots. The killer was standing outside a pawn shop, about 100 yards away from West Hollywood Elementary and McArthur High School. If you allowed children to leave, perhaps a situation would have unfolded right before their eyes, or possibly even a hostage situation could have occured. He was "fooled" by a Pawn Shop worker and the driver of the car. YOU were all lucky. Sometimes the School Board deserves blame for their stupidity..this is not one of those times.
Lock Down Lu

Boca Raton, FL

#38 Nov 10, 2007
Fed Up wrote:
Not only did I receive 1 phone call, but I received 2 as I have 2 kids in Broward County schools. I received 2 calls when the lockdown went into effect and another 2 calls once it was lifted. If you did not receive a call, it's probably your own fault as the School Board does not have your current phone number.
like few others, i am very happy that the lockdown took place as i knew my kids were safe. had this lunatic gone into a school (because it is not completely out of the question that he would NOT) and no lockdown was instituted, you people would be the first ones to complain and try to sue the school board for not protecting your children. it is a shame that our world has come to this, but we need to face that fact that it is what it is and the school broad did the right thing to ensure the safety of our children.
as for the lack of food i suggest you take that up with your individual school as neither of my kids were denied. lunch was served in the class rooms at both their schools. granted timeliness was a bit of an issue, but they ate nonetheless. i would rather have a hungry child than a dead one.
my vote is definitely for the school board to err on the side of safety first!
I agree with you about the calls. I got TWO calls each time one to my home and one to my cell phone. The teachers walked our kids to the bathroom and the staff & administrators brought them lunch right to their classrooms. The lockdown was a safety precaution which started only with schools in the immediate area of the escape, then when BSO lost the killer, extended to ALL schools. Some of you are amazing, even when the schools do something right, you whine. As far as your kids crying and scared, they should not be as it is required that all Broward schools do practice drills on a routine basis so your kids should be used to them by now. The important thing of a lockdown is to keep intruders out and that was accomplished. To you who question why would someone run into a school are you serious? This guy had a gun. What better way to escape than to hold children hostage?
Lock Down Lu

Boca Raton, FL

#39 Nov 10, 2007
Oh, yeah, if you don't like the new safety procedures, by all means, pull your brats out and homeschool them. Then you can have your kids with you all day every day. When my kids' school wants to implement safety procedures I will be happy because there will be no parents crying and second guessing the administration.
Dedicated

Miami, FL

#40 Nov 10, 2007
Just say "thank you". No matter what any one does or doesn't do, there will ALWAYS be people who complain.

If you lock down schools to keep children safe, someone will complain.

If you don't lock down the schools and someone gets hurt, there will be complaints.

Remember, we have lots of portable classrooms around the county. What if he had hid behind some of those?

I am a teacher and I think Broward Schools made the correct decision. The children were safe and they were where they were supposed to be anyway....IN SCHOOL.
Last year were had a Tornado Warning....the REAL thing.
We were NOT to release the kids during the warning, even though it was right around dismissal time. Parents were yelling at us and were not very nice, putting it mildly. Just watch and see what would happen if we dismissed the students and the tornado blows them away...There would be complaints that we didn't keep the students safe...complaining and lawsuits.
What some parents don't understand during an emergency situation is that schools have practiced these drills and it is extremely important to understand that added problems come from them not following along with the procedures. Procedures are set up to keep everyone safe and calm. If parents are trying to do what they want to do, it can possibly cause an enviornment that is safe, to become unsafe. I know and understand that parents worry. I called the day of the lock down to see if my niece was in school...her classes start shortly after 9:00. Once they said she was in her first period class, I was fine the rest of the day, knowing that in school she was the safest.
If students didn't have bathroom breaks or lunches, that is something the individuall school and it's parents have to deal with. I am in a portable classroom with a bathroom, so my children had the bathroom to use and the support staff brought my kids their lunches. Those who were in portables without bathrooms, were escorted into the building where there could go. Teachers were updated by email about the situation and we were told to continue with our academics and to NOT turn on the tv.
As far as telling the students what was going on. I think that is something that each school and each classroom teacher has to decide. The Middle and High Schools students are different than Elementary. I am at the elementary level...I know my parents and I know my kids....I said very little to the kids. I know what kids could handle it and what kids would have gotten completely freaked out. So, my judgement was to say very little. When it was over, I told them they could talk with their parents at home that night and watch the news. Someone might say I did the wrong thing...There's sometimes that chance of saying too much, then you have a parent upset because you told their child. What are you to do? It's one of those things...One of those things where no matter what you do, someone will be unhappy. I just knew that if the kids saw a calm teacher and we continued to do our work, they were calm and had no reason to get scared. By the way, parents who are not calm can cause the children to get scared when they weren't in the first place....Just my thought.
I don't know about phone calls to homes. Possibly some need to update their numbers. I know Middle and High Schools have computers that make phone calls. I don't believe Elementary schools have those. Perhaps the office staff was so busy answering phones that they couldn't place any calls. I know our office had over 3000 calls...parents called several times....some arguing about taking their kids home.
This guy was running all over the county... No one knew for sure where he was going to head to next. As for me, I am glad that safety procedures were put into place and that everyone was kept safe.
What some parents don't understand, is that
law enforcement officer

Pompano Beach, FL

#41 Nov 10, 2007
I think it was an overkill closing down the entire school system in Broward, this incident occurred so many miles away from west broward. I believe it should have been only at the immediate location of the incident. As always govt control.
xxx

Pompano Beach, FL

#42 Nov 10, 2007
TO DEDICATED
bull....
Bassman

United States

#43 Nov 10, 2007
Idiot Kniocking wrote:
<quoted text>
You need to have your head examined. Doing this lockdown is terrorism enough for the kids. To stae you know they were safe is outrageous. Our kids are having all sorts of problems in scholls these days and this type of behavior, and your type of thinking just add fuel to the fire.
So the answer is to leave the schools open during an event like this? Now who's the idiot? By the way, your grammar is a perfect illustration of your personal failures in school. Hopefully your kids are paying attention in English class and the corrections and/or betterments will be noted accordingly.
Ashley G

Miami, FL

#44 Nov 10, 2010
Im in school right now and im so terrified.......:(
Im with my bestfriend luckly shes keeping me company........

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