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School safety still priority number one for B.M.S. staff

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Following a Wednesday incident where a Scottsbluff student brought a knife to school, administrators say that safety remains their biggest priority.

Police arrested 14-year-old Darrion Estrada after fleeing school grounds after Principal Dr. Andrew Dick seized a pocket knife. He took off with a black backpack with a reported two other knives in it. Police later apprehended him - but police say they did not find the backpack.

Principal Dick says that school safety remains a priority, and all students know not to bring weapons. In the past few years, the school has heightened security measures and added a school resource officer last month.

He says that all staff is trained to keep an eye out for anything that could be dangerous to students.  

"They do remain vigilant. They do understand that supervision is a large responsibility of their jobs," explains Dick. "And they're always on the lookout and aware of what's going on. We're visiting with students- we're out in the halls, we're after school, before school. We have staff assigned so we can be aware of what's going on at Bluffs Middle School."
Bluffs Middle Schools is one of the few schools in the district that currently has a glass vestibule in it's main entrance, that forces all visitors to have to meet with office staff before they can enter the building.

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