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WCSD Superintendent Evaluates Emergency Safety Plan After Shooting

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Two weeks after 12-year-old Jose Reyes, shot and wounded two students and killed math teacher, Michael Landsberry, before taking his own life, Washoe County School District Superintendent Pedro Martinez is evaluating the district's emergency safety plan.

"We're looking at all of our procedures. We're looking at some things that could have worked a little bit better. I'll tell you this, the more and more we learn about the case, the more we see our procedures actually worked and saved a lot of children."

Martinez says one area they would like to improve is how long it takes for children to be reunited with their parents following a shooting. He says most parents weren't able to see their children until about an hour after the shooting.

Also, when the shooting happened, staff at other schools were not immediately alerted by the district.

I asked Dave Aiazzi, vice president for the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees, if he thinks other teachers should know when something like this happens.

"That's an issue we have to deal with of how soon is too soon for some things. Until you have some good information, do you put that information out?"

Aiazzi said you don't want to cause widespread panic if it's not necessary.

Wednesday, the Reyes' family attorney, Kent Robison, told Channel 2 News Jose Reyes was teased at school and even saw a counselor.

I asked Martinez if the school district has any evidence Reyes was ever bullied.

"There was nothing in our official records about bullying for this child, whether at the elementary school or the middle school. Even the parents recently said there was no indication from what they saw."

Nevertheless, bullying is a big problem in our schools. Martinez says the best way to thwart bullying before a victim lashes out is communication.

"One thing we try to tell our children to help them understand is they have to tell us. You need to tell adults. When we don't know, unfortunately, it affects how we can help them."

The entire interview airs this weekend on my weekend show Face the State. The show airs Saturday at 4:30am and 8:30pm. Also, on Sunday at 6:30am.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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