The events that unfolded at Robb Elementary in Uvalde are tragic, heartbreaking, and difficult to comprehend. It’s everyone’s worst nightmare unfolding in a place that should be a safe haven for children.
These events are the last thing we want to imagine happening in our schools, but the unfortunate reality is that everyone who takes care of kids at Snyder ISD does think about what to do in this scenario. Studies have shown that preparation and seconds matter. Therefore we intentionally increase the time it takes to access our campuses and prepare for the possibility that an intruder does come onto campus.
In addition to high-tech access control systems, cameras, and other security measures, we work with the Snyder Police Department to ensure everyone's safety. We cannot disclose all the security measures and response plans already in place for security reasons. We meet with our safety and security committee to assess the latest research and determine if any new measures are available or necessary. We are evaluated by a third party annually to determine the effectiveness of building security. Additionally, we hold drills with students and separate drills with law enforcement officers with this and other emergent situations in mind.
According to multiple studies, the majority of school shooters revealed their plans ahead of time, often on social media. Therefore, if you See Something, Say Something. Contact the school principal or the administration office with any concerns.
You may also report any suspicious activity to the school principal or administration or utilize the “See Something, Say Something” form. This form is found on the Snyder ISD website and in the links section of ParentSquare and StudentSquare. Report information about weapons, threats, fights, drugs, self-harm, suicide, harassment (of any form), bullying, or any other disclosures made to you or posted online that are concerning. However, in the event of an EMERGENCY OR IMMEDIATE CONCERN do not use the form, CALL 911. You may also call the West Texas Resource MHMR Mental Health Crisis Hotline at 1-800-375-4357 or text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor.
Thank you for partnering with us to help keep our kids safe and for joining us in extending our heartfelt condolences to the Uvalde community.
Eddie Bland, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools, Snyder ISD
Helping Students After a School Shooting | Tips from the American School Counselor Association
- Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
- Limit exposure to television and the news.
- Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
- Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
- Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
- Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
- Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.
- List of Available Resources in the Snyder (www.snyderisd.net/communityresources)
- Snyder ISD Counselors' Page (www.snyderisd.net/page/counselors)
Other Helpful Resources
- Talking to your child about terrorist attacks in the school and community shootings in the news. https://www.schoolcrisiscenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Guidelines-Talking-to-Kids-About-Attacks-Two-Sided-Onesheet-Format.pdf
- Anxiety Over School Shootings: https://childmind.org/article/anxiety-school-shooting/