BRIDGEPORT TWP., Mich. (WNEM) – A school stabbing canceled classes across the Bridgeport-Spaulding district, postponed homecoming events and potentially forfeited a high school football game.
Two students were injured and an 18-year-old student was arrested.
While the Bridgeport Township school district and police aren’t talking about exactly what happened, a security expert who closely monitored the incident shares how he thinks the school has responded.
“I believe the whole decision was made with caution,” said Tom Mynsberge, president of Critical Incident Management. “To make sure no other event follows yesterday’s event.”
Mynsberge supports the closure of all schools on Friday in the Bridgeport-Spaulding Community School District.
The closure was announced after two students were stabbed at the high school on Thursday, September 23.
Mynsberge is working with the school district and overseeing the response to the stabbing incident.
“It was due to the great actions of the staff, the training they had and their way of administering it that the result was good the way it was,” said Mynsberge.
Mynsberge said schools in Saginaw County are practicing securing in place, something that worked well Thursday.
“This was one of those cases where more damage was more likely to happen if the students had been released or told to run out of the building,” Mynsberge said. “So our practices have always been, you stay, you take shelter with the staff and barricade you until the scene is clear.”
Mynsberge does not support the idea of metal detectors in schools, despite renewed calls for the devices after the double stabbing.
“If you look at what the TSA is dealing with, there are still things that come through,” Mynsberge said. “I think sometimes it creates false hope and it’s a huge expense if I think a lot of the money has to go to the students and the education part.”
Instead, Mynsberge believes the key is to minimize the impact on students when things go wrong.
“Ninety-nine percent of school days are safe and children come home every day,” Mynsberge said. “We have isolated incidents, but we don’t want them to be magnified so that you know it’s going to be a shooting or a mass causality incident. And I think the procedures the school implemented immediately prevented that from happening if that potential was there.”
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