Lacey Youth Council Mayor Justin Begley urged North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) to revisit its safety protocols and hear students’ concerns following lockout incidents at Timberline High School.
Begley mentioned the March 14 incident when Timberline was told to go into a lockout due to an anonymous report that a student on campus had a firearm or a weapon.
According to Begley, during the first few minutes of the lockout, Timberline staff had the main doors open to the building to allow students to funnel into the school without knowing where the possible threat may have been.
“These actions jeopardized the safety and security of over 1,200 students,” said Begley. “Sadly, this is not the first time actions like these occurred during a lockout or lockdown.”
The youth leader said he had already talked to the principal, and they agreed that there is a need for more drills and preparedness of both staff and students, but he added that they did not meet eye to eye on the topic of building security.
“When I say we are not prepared, I mean North Thurston Public Schools is not prepared to keep your children, my classmates and myself safe,” said Begley.
Begley also appealed to the parents of the students of NTPS, "I hope you hug and kiss your children before they leave for school every day, because… if we continue to have these blatant procedural violations by staff and if we have unsafe measures in place then I'm not just concerned for Timberline students, I'm concerned for all students.”
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