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Active shooter summit to take place in Lamar County

Campus security efforts across the state kick it into high gear as a new school year approaches. 21 local, state and federal agencies will attend an active shooter summit on Thursday. Local officials prepared for the event on Wednesday.

After the school massacre that took place in Sandy Hook Connecticut in December, Governor Phil Bryant convened a task force to prevent a similar occurrence from happening in Mississippi.

The task force meets together on a regular basis to discuss how to move forward with school safety proceedings. The Mississippi Regional Institutes on School Safety Active Shooter Summit will provide local officials with tips on how to respond to emergency situations, as well as response tactics for when emergency intervention is necessary.

Terry Lightheart of the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency says representatives from Pearl High School will speak at Thursday's summit.

"We have representatives from Pearl High School who will discuss the 1997 shooting, then we go into specific steps that school superintendents or teachers or principals could utilize if the event took place in their school," Lightheart said.

She says planning is key for developing an effective safety plan.

"The most important part is the planning aspect of making sure they have a plan in place, so that if an event ever took place, they would actually know how to respond," Lightheart said.

Director of Public Safety for Lamar Schools says communicating and networking with agencies across the state helps safeguard students.

"Our children are our greatest resource," Rosser said.

"They are the future, so we have got to do everything we can to ensure that we're doing everything reasonable to provide a safe environment for them."

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