Editorial: Response to school lockdown admirable | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Editorial: Response to school lockdown admirable

Better safe than sorry.

Approximately 50 law-enforcement officers from California and Nevada, backed by several FBI agents, descended on the Zephyr Cove area Thursday after an aide at Zephyr Cove Elementary School reported she saw a suspicious man carrying a rifle on the hillside overlooking the school. Police received the report at about 11:30 a.m.

As a result, ZCES, George Whittell High School and Kingsbury Middle School were locked down Thursday afternoon while officers searched the area for the suspect.

No shots were fired, and no evidence of a gunman was found during the extensive search that lasted about three hours, Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini said.

Law-enforcement officials sounded the all-clear at about 1:30 p.m., and students were released from the schools at their normally scheduled times.

Though Thursday’s incident turned up nothing sinister, no precaution is too great given the recent shootings at Virginia Tech University, the Amish school in Lancaster County, Pa., and others such as the 1999 Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colo.

We agree with Douglas County School District Assistant Superintendent Rich Alexander, who praised school officials and law enforcement for their response Thursday.

Officers sprang into action immediately after the sighting, and school officials and teachers employed their schools’ emergency-preparedness plans that helped maintain calm and order during the lockdown.

Bravo to everyone.

And thanks.

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