Updated: Brookfield High School Stages Lockdown Drill Wednesday

The high school was in lockdown for less than half an hour Wednesday. Administration looking for student input.

Brookfield High School (BHS) held a lockdown drill Wednesday morning, testing emergency procedures and ensuring both students and faculty are familiar and comfortable with the plans.

High school principal Joseph Palumbo posted a message on the school’s website and sent out an e-news alert to parents at 10 a.m. Wednesday before getting on the loudspeaker and announcing that the school was commencing a lockdown drill.

Staff have been reviewing the lockdown procedures with students over the last several weeks, Palumbo said after the drill, however the date and time of the drill was kept close until it began.

“We’ve been having conversations with the kids — going over the language used in a lockdown and what they should do — so that this was not an unfamiliar event for them,” he said, adding that he made it clear in his announcement that Wednesday’s event was a drill and “the students were not in any danger.”

Palumbo said a Google document has been created for teachers to give feedback, but the school administration is also interested in hearing from the students.

“Sometimes kids have a different perspective and any creative thinking they have, we encourage them to share that,” which they will have an opportunity to do Thursday.

Brookfield Emergency Management Director Wayne Gravius and Youth Officer Gary Gramling participated in Wednesday’s drill, which lasted about 25 minutes.

"I thought it went well," Gramling said Wednesday afternoon, though he declined to go into detail on security procedures.

During the School Security Adivsory Council meeting Tuesday, school officials said they will hold at least two more drills this school year and plan to do three or four per year in the future.

While annual drills have been conducted at BHS in the past, beginning this year, regular drills will now be performed at all four district schools, Gramling said.

Steven DeVaux March 06, 2013 at 06:53 PM
"Palumbo said a Google document has been created for teachers to give feedback, but the school administration is also interested in hearing from the students." - Palumbo doesn't care what PARENTS have to say apparently. Now that's a hidden agenda if ever there was one.
Steven DeVaux March 06, 2013 at 06:54 PM
No gas explosion drills for the kids at Whisconier Middle School? You definitely don't want a lockdown when that happens.
Brian March 06, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Steven, Only you would find a reason to complain that the BHS ran a Lockdown drill and then ask the faculty and students for their feedback. After all, they are the only folks who are there first had and expereince the drill first hand. No hidden agenda here, but I know that is hard for a naysayer like you to understand.
Brian Boodry March 06, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Hey DeVaux ... Have you checked your meds for expiration dates? You're even more loopy than normal. Or, have you yet again lost another job and been escorted out under the watchful eye of security--seem to be spending a lot of time on the Patch lately. So much so that just about everyone has quit reading. I'm only here for the laughs ... thanks !
Wondering March 06, 2013 at 08:39 PM
I will give Parent feedback. I received a robo-call from Mr. Palumbo stating that there was a lockdown drill. I am glad that they did it and that he informed me. Other than that, there is really nothing else that needs to be stated at this point in time.
Christine DePerna Razz March 06, 2013 at 09:19 PM
The Middle School sits in the backyard of a large gas company. If there is an explosion like the one in Bethel, there could be cause for alarm. Just saying. I live on High Meadow right behind the Middle School and have often thought about it, myself.
Shane March 07, 2013 at 12:58 AM
It seems to me this guy DeVaux does have alot to say, which probably means he has alot of time on his hands. DeVaux needs to try something different maybe take up another hobby like origami or something like that. Whew! this dude has something to say about, well, every damn thing. Sheesh! someone needs to quickly hire Mr. DeVaux while he still knows everything.
Rob Gianazza March 07, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Cheap shot Steve. Students and faculty experienced the lock down, parents didn't.
Rob Gianazza March 07, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Steve, Deane Renda has had drills at WMS specifically for this. Including the bus transportation. It took quite a but of coordination with the Fire Department, Police Department and All Star Transportation. They have a very comprehensive plan which is available to all Brookfield residents.
Steven DeVaux March 07, 2013 at 01:48 AM
Thanks Rob. My concern is that the more coordination that something takes and the more comprehensive it is the more it should be practiced to insure success. There are new 5th graders in that building every year. I personally feel that four drills, even if highly complex, a year would help them be ready should the day come.
Steven DeVaux March 07, 2013 at 01:49 AM
And Christine, I believe you have every right to be worried as the infrastructure ages.
Steven DeVaux March 07, 2013 at 01:51 AM
And that's a good thing. How many of the robo calls didn't connect with a parent? That's the whole that needs fixin'. They shouldn't have to wait for a Newtown event to be properly and effectively prepared. Quarterly drills, including robo calls will allow for a minimum number of non-connects should an unfortunate event occur. That's the reason you involve parents. They are every bit a part of the practice as everyone else.
Steven DeVaux March 07, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Everything? No, but I do know my rights under the 1st amendment and can defend them quite effectively when need be. Nothing wrong with a person expressing their opinion on anything from my perspective. Far too many people are silent on issues they could contribute to like even this. I've taken up skeet shooting as a hobby but I still have time for many other things.
Steven DeVaux March 07, 2013 at 04:54 AM
A true community is inclusive of all people who have an interest. It was a perfect time to check out the email list as well to insure it was up-to-date and to solicit the feedback of parents if it was not with a new email address. And we all know how often those change.
Brian Kelly March 07, 2013 at 01:41 PM
The Brookfield school system has excellent communication policies. Whenever anything is going on an get an email and calls to my cell & home phone. The onus is on the parents to make sure they sign up for notifications, and alert the schools if/when their contact info changes.
Bobby Caselnova March 07, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Steve what is it exactly that you want? The community and school administrators are all worried about making sure the schools are safe from people who want to kill kids. There's no easy way to prevent that from happening without making the school an ugly bunker or allowing people to carry guns on school grounds to protect the schools, which is a whole other debate. If you have all the answers by all means help out. BHS has always been a very easy (but unlikely) target, lots of people used to run away from school through various exits and leave a pen in the door to prop it open for if they wanted to come back. There are literally over 100 ground level windows that can be easily breached to enter the school from a tactically advantageous position. There's a hill with woods and trails to the rear of the school which could be a good spot to attack from. Making that school safe is not an easy job but people are trying. All you're doing is sitting behind your computer complaining. Go fix it if everyone's doing such a lousy job.
Josh March 07, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Bobby, I think what Steve wants is a way to find a way back to Brookfield. He used to live here but I believe he moved out a few years ago. It sounds like he has some bitterness and unresolved issues related to Brookfield.
Shane March 08, 2013 at 02:07 AM
There certainly is nothing wrong with a person expressing their opinion, and I do respect that. I have noticed that you seemed to be everywhere on the patch thats all. Skeet shooting , I find, is a satisfying and wonderful way to pass the time as well.
Steven DeVaux March 08, 2013 at 02:50 PM
I am forever amazed at people that blame parents for the failings of school administrators who are paid to do a job they do not do well at all.
Steven DeVaux March 08, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Hey Brian, how's W G Systems?
Steven DeVaux March 08, 2013 at 02:55 PM
Brian, Some people can accept a job half done as a success. Sorry I don't fall into that category. Excellence is borne of doing the whole job, not just part. They only want the parents support when it's budget time and the last 5 years have categorically demonstrated that. Don't thing kids don't see right through that. People don't give kids the credit they deserve learning from the actions of school administrators and teachers. They turn off the sound and simply watch the picture as one told me. She was one smart cookie and landed up going to MIT.
Steven DeVaux March 08, 2013 at 02:56 PM
And Shane, you need to run for the Brookfield Board of Education and serve the community in a volunteer role. It appears you are selfish.
Steven DeVaux March 08, 2013 at 02:57 PM
The gun control fanatics don't. They don't even want folks to have a cross or compound bow.
Wondering March 08, 2013 at 03:05 PM
Learn how the system works. I make sure I pick up the phone when the school number shows up because if I don't, the computer system will dial my number again. And since I have both my home and cell phone registered on the system, I got the call twice. If you were still involved with the schools, you would know that.
Steven DeVaux March 08, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Brian, Spoken like a true apologist for the school administration and the Board of Education.


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