Omaha’s Millard South High School reopened this morning for the first time since Wednesday’s shooting that left a student and one adminstrator dead and the principal wounded. Superintendent Keith Lutz says every school in the district has a security plan in place and officials at Millard did follow the correct safety measures.
“You can practice and practice and practice but there are just some things you’re never going to be prepared for,” Lutz says. “Security-wise, since Columbine, like all other schools and we have large high schools, we have put many security measures, a comprehensive safety plan in place.”
Millard South High School does not have metal detectors and Lutz says they are not at the point to consider installing them. “That would have to be metal detectors for all schools,” he says. “It’s a public building. It’s a school. It’s safer than the movie theater. It’s safer than the shopping mall. It’s one of the safest places, other than home, for kids to be.”
Police say 17-year-old student Robert Butler Junior shot and killed Assistant Principal Vicki Kaspar, wounded Principal Curtis Case and later, killed himself in his car a mile from school. Butler, the son of an Omaha police detective, was suspended on Wednesday morning for driving his car on the school’s football field and track, calmly left, returned later with his father’s gun and opened fire.