The community is in shock after the Friday, February 5 shooting at Discovery Middle School in Madison. With one child, ninth grader Todd Brown dead, and another ninth grader facing murder charges, the town and community are in shock.
Response was immediate. Emergency procedures were in place when the gun was pulled and discharged in the hall between classes. Students and staff alike were trained, and knew exactly what they needed to do next. The school immediately went into "Code Red," a lockdown procedure already in place to protect the students and staff members, if there were to be a violent incident at the school. Paramedics were on the scene within two minutes of the 911 call.
By the time officials had given the all clear, parents were backed up in traffic waiting to get to their children. They wanted to know what happened and they wanted to know that their children were safe. Although most had little concrete information, many had heard of the shooting through texting and cell phone contact with their children from the lockdown positions.
Although by all appearances, this was an isolated incident, rumors are rampant and the town is coming together to deal with the problem. Security will be heightened at all the area schools when the students return on Monday.
For additional news and community information:
- Full news coverage of the Discovery Middle School shooting
- The Madison City Website has ongoing information and alerts about the situation, town meeting, and how the community is coming together to both heal the trauma and circumvent other potential violent incidents in the schools.
Extra counseling services will be available at all the area schools starting on Monday. Community counseling and Crisis Services of North Alabama are already available and on standby. Trained volunteer counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 716-1000 or toll free at 1-800-691-8426.
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If you know of additional community resources available to help the students, school and families during this time, please leave your comments below.