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Massac Co. leaders hold town hall to address school safety concerns

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MASSAC CO. -- Community leaders in Massac County held a town hall meeting to address school safety concerns in the wake of recent school shootings.

Harry Masse, police chief and director of public safety for Metropolis, led the event. He stressed being proactive in your children's lives and paying attention to behavioral changes.

"It's better that we address this now when nothing is happening, however, the events are fresh in our mind," Masse said. 

In the event of a shooting, he encourages parents to stay away from the school. That way, first responders can do their job more efficiently to help protect students.

Instead, he said kids would be taken to neighboring churches and schools to safety. In Massac County, Masse said parents should pick up high school or junior high students from the First Baptist Church and elementary school students from the nearby old primary school.

“I’m hoping Massac County never has to experience this, Metropolis never have to deal with this other than the pretend drill situations,” he said. 

Still, officials said they must prepare for the worst, which is why they already have drills with students.

Some parents requested more drills for students to better prepare them. That's something community leaders said they plan to do. 

The Massac County sheriff plans to lead another town hall for schools in Metropolis at Massac County High School on February 7.

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