Our Opinion: Be prepared

We commend Superintendent Amy Stewart and the Warren County School District for, well, preparing for the worst.

We know that sounds bad, but it’s reality. There may have a time long ago when schools were some of the safest places on Earth. We now know that’s not the case.

On Tuesday, Warren County School District practiced another in a long line of lockdown/active intruder simulations — this one was at Beaty Warren Middle School. Another is scheduled for Thursday at Eisenhower.

On Monday, the district was forced to practice in the northern and western attendance area schools due to a real threat.

“Superintendent Amy Stewart has received a report of an armed suspect on the run (on foot) in the Wrightsville area. The district is placing the schools in the Northern Attendance Area and the Western Attendance Area on “Lock Out.”

“As a reminder, “Lock Out” means to secure the perimeter. Students return inside and school business is to run as usual inside the school.

“UPDATE: The WCSD has received word that the suspect is now in custody. All schools will be released from their lockout status.”

The district deserves our compliment for how it has been training for and reacting to threats — serious or otherwise.

You have our compliment.