Nashville - Ten years ago, Berrien County Schools created safety procedures for each school to use in case of an emergency.
That plan was put implemented yesterday afternoon as Berrien Elementary went into lockdown. "This is the first time we've had any incident like this," says Berrien County Superintendent Bobby Griffin.
On a street adjacent from the school, there was a fight that resulted in gunshots. Although it didn't happen on school grounds, the faculty and staff immediately took action. "They went into lockdown mode, which your suppose to. Nobody got excited, they did what they should have done, called us immediately and called the law officers immediately."
The Berrien County Sheriff's Department and police arrived within minutes and soon had the gun in possession and allowed for the students and staff to resume regular activity. "I'm very proud of the way our law officers handled the situation, the way our safety plan worked and the way the principal, assistant principal, and staff handled the situation, as well as the kids."
Construction on a new elementary school is slated to begin in January and should be completed in 2008. Until then, the city and county will beef up patrols in the area just as an extra precaution.