Parents Advocate for School Safety Improvements Part 2: Working with Officials

Updated: May 22, 2018 11:12 AM

Stacey Hayes started a Facebook group with other parents in the Northland to advocate for school safety.  There goal is to work with school officials to make improvements.

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Hayes has been working with a couple members of the Duluth School Board and continues to work with the Facebook group.  A total of six people meet regularly to discuss what they can do. 

Each person has a different role, including keeping up with politics, looking into pricing for security measures, mental health, and more. 

Hayes frequently posts in the Facebook group and also has spoken at school board meetings, expressing the groups concerns. 

Hayes said school officials are responding very well, but not all of 

"I've been looking into and comparing things," Hayes said.  "I'd like to see a better response like with the active shooter training that they are planning on doing with ISD 709, I'd like to see them doing kind of the same thing the other districts are doing, but I'm interested in seeing what their plan is."

They also want to see something done legislatively for mental health.

"We're hoping there will be some funding from Governor Dayton's proposal, that it will go through, and we're hoping there will be some funding there set aside for mental health," Michelle Buhler said. "We're not expecting that the schools will pay for this, we're hoping that schools can sort of be our liaison to connect students who are in crisis with the mental health care they need before they are in a situation where we could see another active shooter."

They plan to stay in contact with the school board members they're working with to stay on top of the plans.

Hayes said she wants to see the active shooter training, called A.L.I.C.E., rolled out and ready to go when the school doors open in the Fall.

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