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Lessons from the Lockdown

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MARKSVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - On August 30th a threat at Marksville High School turned into a learning experience for Avoyelles Parish Schools. 


The Avoyelles Parish School Board saw a learning opportunity should a lockdown ever happen again.

"We created a task force that studied the events that took place that day, to make recommendations, to the board, to our schools," said Superintendent Dwayne Lemoine.  

Some of those recommendations include new locks for classrooms, walkie talkies for better communication and stricter rules for crowd control. 

"Having somewhere for the parents to go to, other than the school to get information was really important in this and those are some of the things we learned in this event and again we're using this as a learning experience so we're better prepared," said Lemoine.

Learning a lesson and preparing for a crisis, should the day come. 

"We do feel like our school was prepared, for the drill that happened that day, they executed their plan to a 't'. It was a very calm day, in the midst of a crisis," said Debbie Bain.

Which comes as a relief for parents. 

"My kids are here, pretty much all day, I want them safe," said Johnny Blanchard. 

The school district also plans to have student resource officers at each parish school by the start of the next school year. 


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