My thanks to Senior High staff, School District 2 administration, Billings Police Department and other first responders for your quick and thorough response to the suspected weapons on Senior's campus Tuesday, Oct. 22.
I am the parent of a Senior High student and a SD2 elementary counselor. Upon receiving the robocall from the district, my "mom instinct" was to rush to Senior High to check on my 6'3" 18-year-old son. During the excruciating minutes between notifications I had to put my trust in those at the scene.
As a district counselor and a trained crisis responder, I know the district protocols for emergencies. But this situation was a vivid reminder that some parents don't know or feel comfortable with those protocols, and regrettably many don't trust the procedures.
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Hopefully, that will be the last police response ever needed at one of our schools. But that's not likely. So I will, and ask other parents to, take a moment in our collective panic to remember there is a plan and to trust those who have the training and skills to carry out that plan. Thanks to all who strive to keep our kids safe every day.