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Madison County Supt. Addresses School Safety to Commissioners

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - On Wednesday, state education leaders and lawmakers met to discuss the safety of Alabama schools.  As they met, one local school superintendent met with local leaders to explain new procedures implemented to keep students in Madison county safe.

It comes a few weeks after a perceived threat at Sparkman High School.

It also comes less than a month after watching images of a unimaginable situation play out at an elementary school in Connecticut.  Now, the frightening possibility of it is prompting deep discussions of how likely it is that it could happen in an Alabama school.

Madison County School Superintendent David Copeland started his day by addressing the topic at a special breakfast for Madison County Commissioners.

"We do have some plans this summer to put some of our administrators through some safety training which i think will be real vital," said Copeland.

The meeting was at Sparkman High School, the place where a student's angry tweet about an argument touched off a panic among students and parents who feared something violent may be brewing.

Part of Copeland's message to the commissioners was the district learned from that situation and improved.

"Safety is our number one priority and we are doing everything we can to not only continue our very good plans but to improve those," said Copeland.

He added district leaders are now meeting more often with law enforcement to keep an even closer grip on what's happening among students on school grounds and off.

Parents of students at Sparkman High School criticized Copeland for not sending out an all-call message about the situation two weeks ago, which resulted in no violence.  

Copeland said he acted on the advice of Madison County Sheriff's investigators, but said if he had to do it all again, he would have sent out a short message to reassure parents and students.