Lubbock ISD forms safety task force with LPD & D.A.'s Office - FOX34 Lubbock

Lubbock ISD forms safety task force with LPD & D.A.'s Office

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

In recent months, Lubbock ISD police have confiscated several guns in recent months, most recently at Coronado High School.

It was after that incident, Superintendent Kathy Rollo called a meeting with LPD, the District Attorney's office and the Board of Trustees.

While steps have been taken to improve safety and security the D.A. says the problem is bigger than the school district. 

"The increase in violent acts, and gun violence among the youth in this community and the younger generation, unfortunately spills over into our schools to a certain extent. We're cognizant of this, and are working hard with law enforcement to address these issues both in the outside community and within our schools." D.A. Sunshine Stanek said.

The task force is assuring parents it is cracking down in the spike of gun incidents. 

"Our parents and our students should feel safe within these schools," Chief Floyd Mitchell said.

"When there's criminal activity in the schools, there's consequences not only legally, but there's also consequences on the school side," Lubbock ISD Chief Jodey Scifres said. 

Lubbock ISD has implemented several new safety procedures including most recently a clear backpack policy at Smylie Wilson Middle School. 

"So far it's been very positive, I've been to Smylie Wilson a couple of times since those have been implemented," Superintendent Kathy Rollo said. "We have not made a decision as to whether or not we want to expand that district-wide but we absolutely will bring that to our safety & security committee" Rollo added.

Superintendent Rollo says they won't be able to do this alone.

"See something, say something works. It has worked in every one of these incidents. We want to encourage students, parents community members if you see something, say something," Rollo said.

The district has been holding meetings every month, for community feedback. 

Listed below are the upcoming meetings. All will begin at 6 P.M.

  • Monterey High School on February 4, 2020
  • Lubbock High School on March 3, 2020
  • Irons Middle School on April 7, 2020
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