School: Connecticut events were on students' minds

Published: Monday, December 17, 2012 at 05:19 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Martha Barton, a response intervention specialist in Northwood Elementary's school’s guidance department and reading resource teacher, said the recent Connecticut school shooting was on many minds Monday morning.

“When the kids get out of their cars, I’m right out there in front,” Barton said. “It was normal. I was watching to see if anything looked different.

“One parent brought her kids who normally doesn’t, but yesterday she said it was because they didn’t want to come to school. But everything went real well and the kids are good this morning (Tuesday), too.”

Barton said the students’ and school administration’s response to false reports of a gun-toting Northwood student was understandable.

“It was the moment. It was the day,” she said. “It was natural thing for kids to be thinking about. We all were.”

A Northwood Elementary School student reportedly was suspended following the incident Monday afternoon in which the school was locked down. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office reported receiving a call of “a possible child with a gun” at 1:44 p.m. Monday.

Several sheriff’s units responded to the call as Principal Jacqueline Craig ordered the school locked down. Deputies also advised adjacent Richbourg E.S.E. School and the Emerald Coast Career Institute/Best Chance program to lock down as well, according to a transcript of the sheriff’s office response.

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