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As schools experience threats and tragedy, debate over proper response is sparked

Kassandra Nelson
December 15, 2017 05:38 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The entire state, especially the Four Corners region, is still recovering from last week's deadly shooting at Aztec High School. But multiple threats over just the last few days have kept some cities on edge as concern for student safety is heightened.

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It began on Wednesday at Moriarty High School, after a Snapchat post referencing a school shooting surfaced. It turned out to be a hoax.

Then, on Thursday, it was a parent who threatened to bring a gun to Desert Ridge Middle School that placed it on lockdown. 

Just one day later, disturbing texts were sent to classmates at Rio Rancho High School, resulting in the arrest of a student. 

So there's a more-than-justified reason for concern, on the part of parents, school officials and students themselves. However, some schools disagree on protocol for situations involving active shooters.

In 2013, Las Cruces High School released a video explaining what to do and what not to do in an emergency. The security director at Las Cruces Public Schools says they train to hunker down and wait, as is made evident in the video, but an evacuation may be necessary in other circumstances.

Which is what some schools preach – swiftly getting their students out of harm's way, by getting them out of the building.

After she lost her son in the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy five years ago, Scarlett Lewis has made it her mission to stop school shootings before they happen.

"I felt like the whole tragedy started with an angry thought," she says in one of her Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation YouTube videos. "The amazing thing about that is that an angry thought can be changed."

Lewis's program, "Choose Love," is utilized in schools around the country, teaching students courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion as incidents like  Aztec High's become more common.

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