Stabbing at high school resonates on local campuses

Stabbing at high school resonates on local campuses »Play Video
The scene in Pennsylvania on Wednesday morning after a student with two knives stabbed 2 dozen classmates

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - The stabbing attack at a Pennsylvania high school sent shockwaves through education circles across the country.

Any act of violence at a school, near or far, causes educators to review their policies just in case it happens here.

"Officers are always vigilant on their campus trying to be aware of students who might have weapons, whether it's a knife or gun that could present a danger to school safety," said Darin Vetter, a school resource officer at Thurston High School in Springfield. "If we see that, we immediately intervene, seize the weapon and render the situation safe."

School resource officers patrol many schools to make sure students aren't threatened.

Vetter said the key to stopping an incident is to prevent it from happening to begin with.

"We'll pull the student in and have a chat with them and try to find out if they're having a bad day or if things aren't good at home, that kind of thing," he said.

Tom Endersby, Junction City's special projects director, said each school cutomizes the tools used to secure their building.  

The middle school in junction city has gates that force people to enter and exit through the front door so that staff can be aware who is entering and exiting.

Video cameras are being used as an effective set of second eyes.

"Those have been very useful over the years," he said. "Even if a student went 'I lost a notebook' and you try to find it in the building, even that kind of thing."

Endersby said staff and administrators attend safety classes almost every month and are well equipped with a safety handbook.

He said some of the district staff attended as many as 3 classes this month and they're gearing up for another.

"Common language used in school safety events which is becoming a very popular theme so that we're all saying the same thing so if you do have the police and fire dept there we're all talking the same language," Endersby said.