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Community copes after school shooting

Students wait for their parents after the shooting at Discovery Middle School.
Students wait for their parents after the shooting at Discovery Middle School.
AP Photo/The Decatur Daily, Jeronimo Nisa

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:

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.



  • Sherrie Giddens Working Moms Examiner 5 years ago

    I am so sorry to hear about this. I live in St. Louis and have not hear a word about it. I thought maybe I was living under a rock or something but there are 5 people at the house right now and none of us have heard about it. I am sorry, but I am glad that more people were not hurt.

  • Carol Roach, Montreal Mental Health Examiner 5 years ago

    it is so very sad

  • Jaimie Mancham-Case LA Movie Examiner 5 years ago

    OMG. This is sad! I also had not heard about this until I read your article.

  • Cynthia Cox 5 years ago

    I so hate to hear of incidents as this. The heartache surrounding the communities is tragic. I have not heard of this until your article. I hope peace, comfort and closure finds the hearts of those involved.

  • Charlene Collins ~ Atlanta Family Health 5 years ago

    This is so terribly sad.

    I subscribed to you!

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