Parents express fear and frustration after Santa Fe shooting - WNEM TV 5

Parents express fear and frustration after Santa Fe shooting

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The nation is mourning the shooting deaths of 10 people at a high school in Santa Fe and there are growing fears among parents.

As school leaders and lawmakers are debating the best ways to protect students at school, moms and dads are left with the reality that a shooting massacre could happen at any school at any time.

Now we are learning more about a threat at a Mid-Michigan school and the swift action from administrators.

The incident was a perceived threat against a middle school in Fenton.

The school took quick action and thankfully it turned out not to be a credible threat but it still has a lot of folks talking about what comes first these days at school, learning or safety.

Fenton School Superintendent Dr. Adam Hartley said a student at AGS Middle School posted a threat online through the social media app Snapchat.

Police were quickly called and although the threat was proven not to be credible, the student has been suspended pending further investigation.

TV5 asked in light of the incident at the local junior high and the shooting massacre last week in Santa Fe, Texas, is safety more important than education for parents these days.

“I think that parents should be concerned both with academics and the safety of their children,” said Tina Rutlia from Fenton. “And I believe that teachers or somebody in the school should be allowed to carry and defend our children.”

“I think anymore it’s about security and academics at the same time,” said George Sprague from Fenton. “It’s no longer the way when we were in school.”

One longtime educator told us that there’s an easy way to keep school’s safe.

“Back in those days we had it under control at all times,” said Burt Toth, a former educator. “Basically our students, all students and teachers had to come through metal detectors, their book bags went through x-ray machines, and only one way into the building and we controlled what was happening at that time.”

 “While our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families in Santa Fe, Texas, this incident is a good reminder that any threat towards the students or staff of Fenton area public schools, verbal or written, will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately,” said Superintendent Hartley.

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