Students will return to class Monday at Cascade Middle School, where administrators, teachers and counselors hope that school day will be "as normal as possible" after the lethal shot of an officer killing on campus last week.
The school plans to provide "guardrooms" for students who wish to speak with a counselor or other trusted adult. Teachers were collaborating on Sunday to provide answers to students' questions about the fatal murder of Charles Frederick Landeros, 30, Pat McGillivray, spokesperson for the Bethel School District.
"Teachers will work together on a statement that they can share with their students and children will have the opportunity to ask questions," McGillivray said Sunday. "We want to answer students' questions, but some questions may be unanswered."
According to McGillivray, school and district staff would focus on getting students back on a regular schedule "because that's what's best for everyone."
"We want to reassure students that the school is a very safe place," he said.
Landeros was killed after police reacted at around 10:30 am on Friday to a report of a custody dispute at the school. While the officers were escorting Landeros from the building, he allegedly pulled out a gun and argued with the police before being shot by one of the police officers just outside the entrance to the building. 39; school.
The names of the police officers were not disclosed, but Eugene's spokeswoman, Melinda McLaughlin, said Sunday afternoon that the two police officers involved were on routine administrative leave. The Eugene police officers involved in any shootings are regularly put on paid administrative leave, in accordance with department policy, said McLaughlin.
Over the weekend, details about the Landeros began to appear. In a Facebook post, the Civil Liberties Defense Center in Eugene did not name Landeros directly, but described the man shot at Cascade as a volunteer with the group who was "a veteran, a former leader. University of Oregon student, parent of two children. " valuable member of the community. "
McGillivray testified that Landeros was a former student of Bethel District who attended Cascade Middle School and graduated from Willamette High School in 2006. And the spokesman for the University of Oregon Molly Blancett confirmed Sunday that Landeros was a student at the university at one point, but would not do it. t tell when he was enrolled in school.
"Charles Landeros was not a current student of the University," Blancett said. "We offer our most sincere condolences to his family and friends."
The Friday shootout caused a lockout at Cascade, which meant no one was allowed in or out of school. The lockdown was eventually turned into a lockout, which allowed some students to find their parents wanting to pick up their children, even if it is not right away.
"We listened to the instructions of the forces of order," said McGillivray. "There were several agencies overlapping each other during the event, and the only thing we were sure of was that all our staff and students were safe where they were. So, even if some people did not want to go that fast, we favored student safety first and foremost. "
Some time after the shooting, about 170 students were reunited with their parents and guardians at their request at a nearby religious site, McGillivray said. About 350 students are enrolled in the school.
The shooting being carried out in front of the school gates, the front car park, the surrounding streets and all access to the area were very limited. School buses were not able to get to their usual point of departure, which prompted school staff to take the students to Willamette, where they were able to get on the right buses and be taken back to school. house at the end of classes. Students who usually came and went to school were kept away from the main entrance when they returned home.
"We never want to cause trauma in addition to an event like this," said McGillivray. "The students were therefore not allowed to access the front of the building because the deceased was still there."
McGillivray stated that the students and staff fully followed the protocol that helped everyone stay calm and organized during the event.
"The students followed the instructions very well and cared for each other," McGillivray said. "I think it was a heroic reaction from Cascade staff and students on Friday."
The Bethel School District was the first in Oregon to use the Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate (ALICE) training, which helps educators and students learn to respond to an armed intruder and move away from it. outdated safety procedures that have been taught to them for decades. lock all the doors, turn off the lights and hide in case of emergency until the arrival of the forces of the order.
As part of active shooter training, students and school staff are no longer trained to shelter on-site or to hide under an office. They are instead trained to fight back, depending on the situation.
Bethel staff are trained at ALICE three times a year, McGillivray said. Students participate in locking and locking exercises at least twice a year or more, he said.
In the meantime, no further details on the shootings were released Sunday by the interagency investigative team on the lethal force of Lane County, which investigates the Friday incident. The team is made up of members of the Oregon Police, the County Sheriff's Office and the Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove and Florence Police Departments. The Oregon State Police has been tasked with conducting the investigation in the Cascade case.
Upon completion of the investigation, the team will report to Lane County Attorney Patty Perlow who will decide whether the use of lethal force was justified under state law.