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DeKalb School District 428 also has two school resources officers, and Genoa School District 424 has a part-time officer, whom officials are trying to bring on as a permanent officer, Superintendent Brent O'Daniell said.
Those officers can help facilitate conversations that can be difficult or scary to young children.
District 428 Superintendent Jamie Craven said the intention is never to frighten kids, and conversations surrounding the concept of school violence are age-appropriate.
“[We're] not trying to scare them, but just trying to share that, in order for us to be safe, this is what we have to practice doing,” Countryman said.
The three districts have specific protocol to notify parents and guardians in the event of a threat or a false alarm, which stresses accurate information being released in a timely manner.
“In today’s society, information is moving so quickly, not all of it is accurate information,” Craven said.
As education facilities' approaches to potential violent situations evolve, conversations about the best ways to keep students safe progress with them.
"To have the conversations is good," O'Daniell said. "These things could, and maybe some people would say should, force some change. What that change is, I don’t know, but students should feel safe when they’re at school.”
Some have floated the idea of arming teachers, but Majerus said he is trained to teach.
"I have no problems with resource officers ... if taxpayers can afford officers in more buildings, but to arm teachers is a responsibility I don’t think most of us signed up for,” Majerus said.