Bartlesville school increases security
Bartlesville, Okla. - There will be increased security, in the Bartlesville Public School District, as students head back to class, Wednesday.
The Bartlesville Police Department spent the break working with the district to ensure students' safety.
Together, with several other agencies, they did a full assessment of the high school and mid high school.
In a letter to parents, Superintendent Gary Quinn said the district will see an increased police presence, beginning on January 2.
A School Resource Officer, provided by the city and the police department, will also begin working, Wednesday.
"We take this responsibility extremely seriously and will do everything in our power to assure the safety of our most important resource, our children," Quinn stated in the email.
New locks have already been ordered for several classroom doors, as well.
These measures come after two threats, before winter winter break.
On December 14, 18-year-old Sammy Chavez was arrested for allegedly plotting to kill several students and police officers.
On December 19, classes were canceled, district-wide, after two men were spotted with rifles, near the high school.
Parents are happy with the administrators' response.
"I'm very pleased," said parent Carrie Daniels. "I'm pleased with their professionalism and their respect for our teachers and our students."
Robin Adams, another parent, feels the same way.
"We're just real fortunate that we have people that care for our children and they're taking precautions to protect these little ones," she said.
Quinn says the district will continue to address security concerns, moving forward.