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Thursday, December 20, 2012 - 00:27
Schools in the nation are on high alert and so are those here at home in the Borderland. Last Friday's shooting rampage in Connecticut has brought student safety in schools at the center of attention.
Today, YISD's Superintendent, Michael Zolkoski sent home letters to parents, letting them know schools will release students early this Friday because of rumors suggesting there will be violence against students. The marquee outside the District's Administration Building also flashes the reminder.
"Safety is our number one priority for all our students. YISD schools are very safe and we pride ourselves in making sure that we want to thank the parents that you know, have faith in us in keeping their students safe because our children are our most precious commodity that we have," said YISD spokesperson, Patricia Ayala.
YISD says all schools will be on "modified lockdown" until the New Year.
· All exterior doors, except the front door, will remain locked at all times.
· All PE and recess will be held indoors.
· All visitors must sign in at the front desk and receive a visitor's pass in order to enter school
· There will be continued security and police presence at all campuses
We spoke to parents about the threats and early release, and reaction was mixed.
"One or two people are trying to be opportunists and go on early vacation. I just don't think it's for real," said Omar Fernandez.
"Honestly, honestly, I think it's just someone who has a lack of attention, and is trying to show off, and cause a commotion. I think they shouldn't even have school on Friday if there's a threat. I don't want to send my kids to school on Friday," said Lucermina Cruz Maldonado.
"I wouldn't send them to school. Not at all. I mean, it's not worth it. It's not worth it. What for? Just keep them home. It's just one day," said Rebeca Gutierrez.