Kirksville School District is prepared in the event of an emergency situation

In light of the recent school shooting at Arapahoe High School in Colorado, Kirksville Superintendent Pat Williams spoke out on the importance of school safety in the district.

The Kirksville R-3 School District holds a number of practice 'lock-down' drills throughout the school year, so students know how to react in the event of an actual emergency situation.

The district also constantly monitors who enters and leaves the school buildings. Williams stresses that in any emergency situation, communication is key.

"We are ready to respond to a variety of factors. However, one of the key components is communicating to your teachers, your students, your parents, and then of course law enforcement, and we have a much better system in place for that now then we did 10-15 years ago," said Pat Williams, Kirksville R-III Schools Superintendent.

Students are encouraged to let a parent or teacher know if they feel they're being put in a threatening situation.