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Sioux City Superintendent Promotes Prevention and Safety After the Deadly School Shooting in Texas

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Siouxland Public Media/Sheila Brummer
Superintendent of the Sioux City Community School District Paul Gausman talks to reporters a day after the deadly school shooting in Texas

The tragedy at an elementary school in Texas on Tuesday, May 24th once again highlighted the importance of school safety and prevention.

An 18-year-old gunman opened fire, killing 19 students and two teachers in the deadliest school shooting in almost a decade.

The Superintendent of the Sioux City Community School District, Paul Gausman, addressed the issue the next day during a news conference with reporters.

INTERVIEW: Superintendent Gausman shares thoughts on school safety and prevention

Gausman says besides working with local agencies and law enforcement, mental health needs to be a focus.

INTERVIEW: Dr. Gausman talks about the importance of mental health help and addresses the issue of gun control
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All schools in the district now have secure entryways and video systems. Due to safety concerns, Gausman says the district does not give out specific information about crisis planning for its 2,500 staff members and 15,000 students.

Sheila Brummer returns to her radio roots as a Reporter/Special Projects Producer for Siouxland Public Media KWIT-KOJI.