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Lakeland, Yorktown School Leaders React to Florida Shooting

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YORKTOWN, N.Y.-In the wake of last week’s high school shooting in Parkland, Fla., in which 17 people were killed, Lakeland and Yorktown school administrators were quick to remind parents that they are doing all they can to keep their children safe.

“The safety and security of our students is our highest priority,” said Dr. Ron Hattar, superintendent of Yorktown schools. “We as a district have taken so many measures to proactively ensure the safety and security of our students. Some of those measures are visible, some of those measures are more discreet.”

Hattar said he was limited in what he could reveal about the district’s security measures, but touted the levels of security a visitor must go through to enter the schools. At the high school, for example, there are several levels of security: First, a security officer greets visitors as they drive onto the campus. Once they are authorized to pass, the visitor must buzz in through a video intercom at the front door. Once inside the main corridor, the visitor must present ID to another security officer and is escorted to their destination.

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There are also armed school resource officers, who are members of the Yorktown Police Department, at the high school and middle school.

Annually, Hattar said, the district performs at least a dozen drills, including lockout, lockdown and emergency evacuation drills.

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