‘I can’t…put more resource officers in schools, but this is something that I can do right now…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) A teacher in North Carolina is making emergency buckets in case of a school lockdown caused by a natural disaster, a health crisis, or a school shooter, WBTV reported.
Jennifer O’Keefe of Foard High School in Newton hosted a supply drive at a local Walgreens where she asked for donations to protect her students, including first aid kits, duct tape, tourniquets, hammers, and more.
“I can’t change legislation, I can’t provide funding for schools to make this happen, or put more resource officers in schools,” O’Keefe said. “But this is something that I can do right now.”
According to WBTV, O’Keefe got the idea at her previous school where she was provided a bucket with things like granola bars, duct tape and door stops, “that could help in a health scare, natural disaster, or in case of an intruder.”
O’Keefe’s emergency bucket idea might make students feel more comfortable during school lockdowns, but they will do little to protect children during an active shooter situation.
Armed officials at schools, however, have confronted shooters and immediately ended the threat.
A school resource officer thwarted a potential shooter at Dixon High School in Illinois on May 16 this year, The New York Times reported.
Mark Dallas, a school resource officer, heard gunshots on a Wednesday morning.
He pursued the gunman — a student, 19-year-old Matthew A. Milby — outside the school, where they exchanged gunfire.
Dallas hit Milby and ended the threat.
“I could not be more proud of the police officer and the way he responded in this situation,” Dixon Police Chief Steve Howell said. “Because of his heroic actions, countless lives were saved. We are forever indebted to him for his service and his bravery.”
O’Keefe said she learned about the idea from her former school, which provided her with the buckets.
The Catawba County school district has not given her the same resources, so she asked the community to help her, WBTV reported.
“I did not want to go through another lockdown without the bucket,” she said.
O’Keefe said she takes school lockdowns much more seriously following the recent high-profile shootings.
“I’m going to do everything I can to make sure we all get out of here,” she said.