MY TURN: Tunica schools react in face of threat

WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith
WMC-TV 5 V.P. & General Manager Lee Meredith

It's sad that we live in a world where you hear the term "school lockdown" and everyone knows what that means.

Regrettably though, this is the world we live in today.

The Tunica County School System and law enforcement authorities there were put to the test this week when someone spotted a man carrying a shotgun on the campuses of Rosa Fort High School and Tunica Middle School.

This was a frightening situation for students, teachers and parents, but the Tunica County Sheriff's Department did have a plan to deal with a threat like this one.

Sheriff's deputies were on the scene within minutes of the call.

Some parents were upset because they were screened before they could see their children.  But realistically, a gunman could have been counting on blending in with the crowd.

We applaud the Sheriff's Department for the swift response, for having a plan, and for aggressively working that plan.  After the tragedies at Columbine, Jonesboro and Virginia Tech, we can't afford to dismiss any potential threat.

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