SAN BERNARDINO >> Faculty officers right here stated Tuesday they are going to be reviewing their safety procedures after a person shot and killed his estranged spouse — a faculty instructor at North Park Elementary Faculty — and certainly one of her college students Monday morning whereas wounding a second scholar.
Cedric Anderson reportedly tried to enter the varsity by means of locked doorways earlier than checking in on the entrance workplace and strolling to the classroom unescorted, officers stated Tuesday.
Anderson, fifty three, of Riverside, killed himself after taking the lives of Karen Elaine Smith, fifty three, and Jonathan Martinez, eight, and wounding an unidentified 9-yr-previous scholar Monday at North Park, police stated.
Smith had advised family and friends members that Anderson had been behaving oddly and had threatened her however that she didn’t consider he’d shoot her. Smith believed Anderson was merely making an attempt to realize consideration, San Bernardino Police Chief Jarrod Burguan stated at a information convention Tuesday.
However Smith had by no means advised employees members concerning the threats, so there was no cause for them to disclaim him entry, stated Dale Marsden, superintendent of the San Bernardino Metropolis Unified Faculty District. Officers later discovered after reviewing safety video that Anderson tried to enter by means of different doorways.
“She successfully stored her personal life personal,” Burguan stated.
However, Marsden stated the district will re-look at its procedures. He wouldn’t say whether or not any fast modifications will happen.
“We’re presently in dialogue with people who’ve been via shootings throughout our nation to study from them what are continued greatest practices,” Marsden stated on the information convention.
An skilled with 35 years in class safety stated Tuesday that the district ought to keep away from any “knee-jerk” response by making speedy modifications. Michael Dorn, government director of Protected Havens Worldwide in Juliet, Georgia, stated any new insurance policies must be created solely after a radical evaluate of the capturing.
“The issue we’re having within the U.S. is that folks need easy, straightforward-to-implement methods,” Dorn stated in a telephone interview. “It is a little more complicated relating to defending … an open faculty so it doesn’t really feel like a jail.”
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Anderson, who had married Smith in January however moved out of their Riverside home in mid-March, informed North Park employees that he needed to drop one thing off for his spouse, Burguan stated. Employees checked Anderson’s identification and had him sign up earlier than he went to Classroom B-1. Somebody like Anderson who was recognized to the employees would often be allowed to stroll to a classroom or workplace unescorted, Marsden stated. A stranger can be escorted, he stated.
“The employees knew of this newlywed couple. They knew nothing concerning the disaster they have been in,” Marsden stated. “He earned entry as would these different relations.”
Dorn, who served as police chief for the Bibb County faculties system in Georgia, stated he…