Freeland Community School District holds safety forum


Freeland, Mich.

Freeland Community School district invited parents to a discussion about safety. It was held at Freeland High School.

Officials outlined their plan should a mass shooting happen, but some parents say they left feeling uncertain.

Some parents asked for safety upgrades like metal detectors. Others said they wanted a police officer in the schools. But administrators say at this time there are no plans to put police officers in schools.

Thomas Peeler has a son who attends Freeland High School. He says he wants teachers to go through more training related to mass shootings.

"I'm more concerned about the repetition of the training and the trauma care they get. I feel that's an area they did an address a lot I don't think the training is adequate, not just this district but across the nation," Peeler says.

The meeting started with a security expert going through key points of the districts safety plan. Parents were then able to break out into smaller groups with their children's principals to ask direct questions.

The concern NBC 25/FOX 66 heard repeatedly was in regards to the district's cell phone policy.

Administrators say students cannot use their phones during a mass shooting. Parents say they don't like this because they want to hear from their children should a mass shooting happen.

Officials say this policy protects children because they don't ant phones going off when they are trying to hide from a mass shooter.

School officials wouldn't talk on camera about the policy but says their priority is keeping students safe.

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