BANGOR - It is law enforcement's worst nightmare.
"There's nothing worse than a child call of any kind, when a child has been hurt. Then to have multiple casualties like this in a school," says Sheriff Glenn Ross.
Superintendent of Bangor Schools, Dr. Betsy Webb, says "Students and they're safety is our number 1 thing."
An intruder in a school, a frightening scenario that no one wants to think of, but after a number of incidents around the country within in the last year, Penobscot county among others is ready.
Ross says, "Oxford, Kennebec, and Penobscot that had secured a grant to help put their emergency plans into the regional computer systems of law enforcement."
That grant, $250,000.00, came by way of the federal government with help of Representative Mike Michaud. Ross adds, "He's taken our model, and has written congressional legislation trying to get it funded at a national level as a model for other agencies."
Parts of that model include schools providing blue prints to the sheriffs office as well as the school's administration's contact information. Webb says, "Those that are the first responders have information so that when they're getting here they know how the buildings laid out." Ross adds, "Today, with this information the dispatcher can say turn right its at the library at the end of the hall."
As for the students, Webb says, "Most students really respond too, okay my teacher my school has a plan, I know that they have a plan. We practice these plans so that we know what to do."
Andrew joined the WVII ABC 7 and WFVX FOX 22 News team in June of 2012. Since a young child he always wanted to pursue a career in Broadcast Journalism, and is honored to start his journey in Eastern Maine. He enjoys nothing more than meeting the members of the community and sharing their stories with our viewers.
Raised in Houston, Texas, Andrew graduated from Suffolk University located in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in Communications. Before moving up to the Pine Tree State, Andrew was a student reporter for The Morning Show on New England Cable News (NECN).
When not in the newsroom, Andrew enjoys volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society. You can see him there at least once a week interacting with many of the dogs. He also enjoys cooking, reading, watching his favorite movies, and going to the gym.
Make sure to say hi when you see him on the streets, and mention Finding Nemo (his favorite movie) if you want some brownie points!