Attorney General Roy Cooper Tuesday recognized Lincoln County schools that have prepared to respond to a crisis.
â€œIâ€™m pleased that schools here in Lincoln County have worked with law enforcement to complete their Critical Incident Response Kits and their training,â€ said Cooper, speaking at the School District Central Office.
â€œWith the potential of a school shooting or even a terrorist attack, we owe it to our children to be prepared for the worst.â€
Cooper worked with Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Secretary George Sweat and the Department of Public Instruction to develop the Critical Incident Response Kit (CIRK). In 2002, officials at every public school in North Carolina received a videotape and a booklet that explains how to assemble the kit. Cooperâ€™s office and the DJJDP â€“ Center for the Prevention of School Violence also provided videotapes and booklets to 778 private and charter schools in July of 2003.
More than 1,300 public schools have completed specialized CIRK training sponsored by the Attorney Generalâ€™s Office, the Justice Academy, the State Bureau of Investigation, the Center for the Prevention of School Violence, and Emergency Management. All 21 schools in the Lincoln County School District have finished their training.
Through the recognition program, schools that have completed their kit and met the recommendations in the CIRK booklet and video receive a special certificate and a window decal that identifies them as ready to respond to a critical incident.
All Lincoln County Schools have been awarded a certificate and decal..
A completed kit includes items such as: architectural blueprints for the school; cut-off procedures for fire alarms, utilities, sprinkler systems, and cable television; keys to the school in a separately locked container; evacuation plans; and emergency contact information. Loweâ€™s Corporation donated by Staff Reports