Safety among top priorities for first day of classes at NCHS

By Denise Jackson

August 20, 2013 Updated Aug 20, 2013 at 7:46 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- Safety topped the list of priorities for students at Normal Community High School on their first day back to school.

Last September, just days into the school year, NCHS was evacuated after a student brought a gun to school and fired shots into the ceiling of a classroom.

A teacher wrestled the gun away from him and no one was injured.

The school's evacuation procedures have since been updated.

Students participated in a Code Red emergency drill which included a school-wide lockdown and a practice evacuation.

State law requires schools to hold an emergency drill least once a year to practice for the event of a school shooting.

"We always want to be prepared no matter what the situation is,” said NCHS Assistant Principal Josh Fabish. “Student safety is our primary concern. You can only get this experience by actually doing it and running these drills.”

Unit 5 officials said similar drills will take place, throughout the year, at all of the district’s schools.

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