Norton Considers Active Shooter Exercise

Norton selectmen discuss the possibility of an active shooter exercise in the town.


The Norton Board of Selectmen discussed on Tuesday the possibility of executing an active shooter exercise at one of Norton’s schools.

An active shooter exercise is a plan that simulates an armed shooter within a building in town and gauges the response of emergency officials.

Police, fire and EMS personnel would be on hand to deal with potential situations that an armed assailant in a building could bring up.

Selectmen also discussed the possibility of installing a camera system into the high school as part of its current renovation work.

“If we’re building a new high school, why would we not include the opportunity to put cameras on the premises?” said selectman Robert Kimbull.

The problem, said town manager Michael Yunits, is that the Massachusetts School Building Authority would not reimburse the town for such work.

Click here for a more in depth look at an active shooter exercise.

Such an exercise has already been performed at the Wrentham Outlet Mall.

Bob Adams February 01, 2013 at 05:09 PM
I don't have kids in the High School yet, but slightly shocked school doesn't already have cameras and why wouldn't it have been included in the expansion project to begin with? Wasn't there news the other day of some extra funds from the project, I think it would be a no brainier to use the funds for an camera system..if not enough start some fundraising project I am sure with all the current events people would kick in funds quickly.
Andrew Mackie February 02, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Bob, I can see how you might get that impression from the news story, but as chair of the school committee I can tell you the article does not reflect what has been happening. After the Connecticut tragedy we thoroughly reviewed the status of security and safety in the schools, including meeting with law enforcement. The conclusion was that we have an excellent safety plan already in place and in fact we had been conducting routine drills earlier in the week that Sandy Hook happened. And we do have cameras and have reviewed their number, placement, quality, and use. We are on it. The main point I took from the article is we haven't kept the selectmen in the loop, but we will be sure to reach out to them. If you would like more information I'd be happy to talk to you at any time.


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