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 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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