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Billings school administrators step up security for graduation

Posted at 5:54 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 19:54:44-04

BILLINGS – School District 2 administrators said Friday they are preparing for a safe graduation Sunday at MetraPark.

Mark Wahl, the new director of emergency preparedness Billings School District 2, said Friday the district has a new alert system to improve communications.

"I think it’s going to be a very effective system allowing us to communicate and if a big disaster or if something does come up I think we will be able to communicate across the schools. There is a emergency preparedness committee in place and we will meet four times a year to discuss best practices and discuss the latest technologies. There is a lot to prepare for. What we want to feel good about is that we are diligent, that we are thinking about being prepared and that if something comes up that we are as prepared as we possibly could be," Wahl said.

Security is weighing on administrators’ minds Friday, which marks one week after a teenager went on a shooting rampage at a high school in Texas, killing 10 people.

Superintendent Terry Bouck said last week in his news letter to parents that he is at a loss for words to explain the recent school shootings in the country.

"Our hearts are heavy as we now come to terms with what appears to be the ‘new norm.’ Unfortunately this has caused for the need of increased security," Bouck wrote.

Enhanced security put into place includes no backpacks, large bags or purses allowed into Rimrock Auto Arena.

Click here is a list of all of the belongings not allowed at graduation.