3:08 p.m. LOCKDOWN alert initiated by (Teacher 1)
3:09 p.m. (Principal): What’s the problem?
3:09 p.m. (Teacher 1): A student brought a gun.
3:11 p.m. (Principal): Police are notified and on the way. Does he still have it?
3:11 p.m. (Teacher 1): Yes. No shooting. He’s Really mad.
3:12 p.m. (Principal): Help is coming. Description of the student?
To protect the privacy of those involved, no more chat transcript will be provided.
Thankfully, police arrived on scene moments later and were able to get the situation under control without anyone being harmed. Thanks to DIR-S, the teacher was able to stay in discrete and active communication with the principal. All other teachers were able to stay up to date on the situation without any major disruptions to their classes, other than ensuring that their students stay in the room. Moreover, being able to remain in real-time communication with DIR-S helped reaction times remain at a minimum, and everyone in the school was kept safe.
Missing student HALL CHECK alert. (Names changed for privacy)
11:07 a.m. HALL CHECK alert initiated by school principal Jan Levinson
11:07 a.m. (Dispatch): Is this a drill?
11:07 a.m. (Principal): Missing student somewhere inside the school, Andrew Bernard. Not a drill, but will not be needing police at this point.
11:08 a.m. (Dispatch): Dispatch copies.
11:08 a.m. He was not in reading group this morning, and his teachers have not been able to locate him.
Shortly after this, school officials were able to locate the missing student. Even though there was not a need for police in this incident having dispatch instantly in the loop when the incident began was incredibly valuable in the event that the situation escalated to the point that police were needed. DIR-S provided the communication channels necessary to keep both police and teachers in the loop without causing any kind of commotion in the school or surrounding area.
All names are changed for privacy. See the Lockdown Alert incident below.
2:25 p.m. LOCKDOWN alert initiated by Principal
2:26 p.m. (Principal): Suspicious man in the building
2:26 p.m. (Teacher 1): Juliette is missing
2:27 p.m. (Teacher 2): Threat is inside the building.
2:29 p.m. (Teacher 3): My class and I are on a field trip, will return when safe
Thankfully, everyone was notified either on their desktops or smartphones via DIR-S (duress). Police arrived quickly and were informed accurately in the app’s chat feed. Therefore, the situation was resolved, and no one was harmed.
Having a suspicious person in the school is a situation that must always be taken seriously. DIR-S was used effectively to keep the appropriate people in or out of the school buildings. Because of the DIR-S the teacher who had his students away from the school was kept informed and he was able to keep his class away from the school until the situation was resolved.
Are you a School Principal? How do you evacuate your school? Would your school evacuation go as planned if you received a tip of a possible threat? DIR-S provides smooth and organized communication, helping everyone stick to their plans.
11:10 a.m. ASSISTANCE NEEDED alert initiated at 11:10 a.m. by Principal
11:11 a.m. (Principal): Please scan your rooms for anything unusual.
11:12 a.m. (Teacher): Are we evacuating?
11:13 a.m. (Principal): Yes
Teachers immediately started into their evacuation protocols they know so well. As they did, they notified their Principal, through DIR-S, about anything they saw that might be out of the ordinary in their rooms or in the halls.
11:16 a.m. (Principal): Make sure that as you all get to your reunification sites you send in your reports to the school secretary.
Soon, police were on scene clearing the school. Normally this incident can take hours. Using DIR-S it was resolved in under 30 minutes. This was all possible thanks to DIR-S.
Armed youth on the run.
1:17 p.m. HALL CHECK ALERT initiated by Site Admin (Principal) Maureen O’Hara. Location Main – 1 Flr – Office
1:17 p.m. (Dispatch): Is this a drill?
1:17 p.m. (Principal): This is not a drill. Keep kids in from recess but keep classes going.
1:17 p.m. (District Official): Watching from the District Office.
1:18 p.m. (Teacher 1): What is the issue?
1:18 p.m. (Police Officer): I am on scene… we are okay.
1:18 p.m. (Teacher): I have Samuel Davis Jr. in my room.
1:18 p.m. (Police Officer): We have an incident going on in the area and are taking extra precautions.
1:19 p.m. (Teacher 2): I have James Stewart in the media center.
1:19p.m. (Principal): Juvenile ran away from home in the area. Gun and mags missing. Sherriff’s office is here and monitoring.
Thankfully, the police were able to find this young man, and no one was harmed in the incident. Because of the communication medium provided by DIR-S, the happenings in the school were able to continue basically as usual, and police were able to keep the school and district officials updated throughout the situation. Especially beneficial, was the fact that they were able to avoid the panic that can easily ensue in these types of situations.