Local superintendent talks school safety after Columbine

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Saturday marks 20 years since the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado.

For survivors of the shooting that killed 12 classmates and a teacher, the emotional toll has been amplified by fears about their own kids’ safety, spiking each time yet another shooter enters yet another school. (Source: Pixabay/MGN)

Columbine wasn't the last school-related shooting. Several years ago, the Bay District School Board even experienced its own shooting.

As time has gone on, the emphasis on safety and security has remained just as important in Bay District Schools.

School hardening projects have included fencing, surveillance cameras, and controlled access point front office spaces.

Bill Husfelt, Superintendent of Bay District Schools, says he is confident students will say something when they see something alarming.

"Unfortunately, we made arrest after arrest when threats were made, but what most people weren't paying attention to is most of those were coming because students are coming to us and telling us and that's what I'm proud of," Husfelt said.

Hurricane Michael caused significant damage to the district's security projects.

Husfelt said the district is moving forward with school hardening projects with an end goal of August of this year.