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Las Cruces Public Schools proactive for active shooter situation
By: Bill Melugin, LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Stan Rounds told KFOX14 the district has constantly been preparing for a possible active shooter situation.
"In Las Cruces, we have security personnel at all of our high schools and middle schools, and we have an agreement with the Las Cruces Police Department where we have officers that are actually on campus all day," Rounds said. "We put in security locks on buildings that require key card access in and out, restrict access to our building points, things like that."
Rounds said the officers will be able to move from campus to campus, and they have installed more security cameras than ever before.
Parents like the sound of that.
"I know when I was in school, I hated practicing lockdowns, but I think it's important now. I see why we had to do it," said Chelsie Stewart. "We send our kids to school and we expect them to come home safe."
"I think it's pretty good, I think you should prepare them, 'cause you never know," said Gabriel Espinoza.
Rounds said the key issue is to intercept things before they happen, and to support the students and community afterward.
"We have a very good group of school personnel in psychology, social work, counseling," Rounds said. "Here's what the statistics show, the safest place your child can be anywhere, is in the schoolhouse; given all the events you've seen in Colorado and around the nation, it's still the safest place to be."