Celina ISD Implements New Security Measures
CELINA (CBSDFW.COM) – Less than two weeks after a vigilante father walked into North Texas elementary school telling people he was a gunman, the Celina ISD has implemented new security measures.
Forty-four year old Ronald Miller did not have a gun when he entered the school and told officers he was merely testing out his child’s school’s security.
Miller was arrested for making terroristic threats.
The North Texas father caused turmoil in the small town just north of Dallas but not for what he did as much as for the security gaps he exposed.
“My biggest concern is that people don’t think we can protect their kids while they are at school,” said Celina ISD Superintendent Donny O’Dell.
O’Dell said the district is constantly reviewing its security practices and after the incident at Celina Elementary School changes have been made.
O’Dell said greeters outside are now required to have two-way radios on hand to inform the front desk of any concerns.
An entry buzzer was also installed at the elementary.
Plus, O’Dell said the school will in the future conduct emergency drills at different times during the day. He said past drills were unusually conducted when all students were inside. He said the school needs to be prepared for what to do if students are out at recess or just arriving to school in the morning.
Monday night dozens of parents attended the Celina ISD school board meeting to hear the district address its security plans.
“I came here wanting to know you felt the risk was real,” parent Scot McDonald told the school board.
McDonald asked the board to consider additional security measures including bullet proof glass and armed security officers at every campus.
“I think the biggest deterrent for someone coming in and trying to do damage to our kids is an armed officer,” he said.
Assistant Superintendent Rick Demasters laid out Monday the district’s current and future security plans to the board as well as parents.
During his presentation, Demasters turned his back to the board looking directly at the crowd of parents telling them, “We love your children and will do anything for them, including dying if necessary.”