COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) _ Coldwater School Superintendent Dr. Tina Kerr told the Coldwater Board of Education last night that she visited the district’s buildings yesterday and she was fairly surprised at how calm, collected and quiet they were in the aftermath of last Friday’s tragic school shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. Kerr said in light of what happened, she expected there to be more concern and chaos but it clearly came across that people had their conversations with their children, who came to school ready to learn.
According to Kerr, just two phone calls came into the administration offices, both wanting to know what the district was doing and what safety procedures were in place with many suggestions, as expected, on ways to make improvements. Kerr commended the various building principals for conducting internal safety audits immediately after getting word of last week’s incident in Connecticut.
She also said early next year, the district needs to review its security policies because the processes they had in Newtown are much more rigorous than what are used in Coldwater, and yet a tragedy of such magnitude happened. Kerr believes no matter how much planning and preparation there is always the risk that if someone wants to hurt another individual, and in this case, children, it shows that usually, when there is a will there is a way.