Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Safety Expert Hired to Review Security Moon Pays $36,000 for Security Evaluation; Report Expected in 4-6 Weeks

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Safety Expert Hired to Review Security Moon Pays $36,000 for Security Evaluation; Report Expected in 4-6 Weeks

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In an era riddled with school shootings such as those at Columbine, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook, Moon Area has hired school safety expert Kenneth S. Trump to analyze procedures and policies in relation to safety, security and crisis preparedness.

The decision to hire National School Safety and Security Services to perform the security emergency preparedness and communication strategy review is a move being labeled as proactive, not reactive.

Moon Area is "ahead of the game," but as with everything there is room for improvement, Mr. Trump said. "We would send our children to Moon Area, and we're not just saying this."

The district has a variety of security measures in place including requiring random lockdown drills, where doors are locked tight, windows are covered and lights are turned off. Students and teachers are to then remain still and quiet inside the locked rooms until an all clear message is sent.

Mr. Trump said his elementary-aged daughter refers to these drills as, "hide-and-go-seek in the dark."

These types of drills are a best practice brought into use following the events of the 1999 Columbine Massacre which resulted in 15 deaths and 21 being wounded. Mr. Trump suggests these drills be unannounced at any time including during lunch hours so that teachers are able to think on their feet and not become accustomed to rote behavior.

As part of this review, Mr. Trump and members of his firm met Jan. 29 with approximately 45 Crescent and Moon residents who shared their perspectives and voice concerns.

"Do your principals, teachers and superintendent get it? They do," Mr. Trump said. "There are some places we go and say, "Uh-oh!' "

When asked if the lockdown procedures in place worked at Sandy Hook Elementary the site of the December 2012 school shooting resulting in a total of 28 deaths, Mr. Trump said the rooms in lockdown at Sandy Hook did not fail, as none of the doors to rooms where shooting occurred were found to be forced open. …

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