Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 was Valentine’s Day. It was a day for love, candy, and sweethearts, but not in Parkland, Fla. In Parkland, it was a tragic day filled with pain and loss.

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 was Valentine’s Day. It was a day for love, candy, and sweethearts, but not in Parkland, Fla. In Parkland, it was a tragic day filled with pain and loss.

A school shooting took place at Marjory Stoneman  Douglas High School. The shooter took 17 lives in all: three teachers and 14 students.

We all think “this will never happen at my school.” Parents think this will never happen to their  children.

However, the dark truth is that this can happen anywhere.

When asked about his thoughts on the incident at Parkland, Montevideo High School Principal Bruce Bergeson had this to say: “It’s the same horror and sympathy for everyone. For a principal, for  me, it makes me review everything we have in place and try to make things better and safer.”

Incidents like this do have an impact locally.

“Whenever this happens anywhere, whether it be here or anywhere else, 20 years ago, we never thought about things like this. Now we have drills and procedures to follow in case a situation like this occurs. Now it’s common for us to do all these drills and precautions like it is normal,” said Bergeson.

The Montevideo School District has plans and procedures in place to deal with an active shooter situation should one ever occur. “We are working with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, which is associated with Homeland Security, to ensure our system is well thought out. We have had three meetings with a safety consultant over the past year. I feel we are prepared, but no matter what, we can never be prepared for what a person’s actions are,” Bergeson said.

The mere possibility of a school shooting is taken seriously by the school district, and it is always looking for ways to keep its students safe. Bergeson said, “I think we need to better prepare students and staff to react properly so if something like this were to happen, we are all prepared to keep everyone safe.”

The Montevideo School District has been actively engaged in making its schools as safe as they can be.  All exterior doors are locked during school hours, surveillance cameras are everywhere, lockdown drills take place, and the high school has an on-site school resource officer from the Montevideo Police Department who also visits the other schools.



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