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“Ongoing process:” Noblesville Schools details security measures; parent and former district employee speaks of emotional pain after shooting in Uvalde

On May 25, 2018, Emily Crapnell was teaching seventh grade science to a class full of students at Noblesville West Middle School when she heard a gunshot behind her. Crapnell’s classroom was next to teacher Jason Seaman’s classroom where a student fired a handgun, injuring a student and Seaman in the process.

Now, whenever Crapnell sees a mass school shooting on the news, like in Uvalde, Texas, where a shooter killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School, Crapnell gets emotional.

“It obviously triggers me because of my experience, but I also have the overwhelming feeling of going numb,” said Crapnell, who quit teaching the following year to care for his daughter, who now has 3 1/2. “I feel like we as a society have started to get numb because we’re still hearing about it. This is the last shoot, and it’s only a matter of time until let there be another just as horrible.We parents, teachers, feel helpless.

Crapnell, a resident of Noblesville, applauds the efforts of Noblesville schools to establish safety measures for students.

“I would feel safe sending (my daughter) to school because as a teacher I know who these teachers are and how much love and care they put into their careers,” he said. she declared. “The school itself is a safe place. From my perspective, it’s access to guns and gun control that makes any place unsafe, whether it’s schools or the grocery store. It’s sad to me that people are afraid to go to school because school should be that happy and loving place where everyone should feel safe all the time. But our reality is that maybe nowhere is safe because anyone can buy a gun and do anything with it.

Crapnell said she was grateful for her training as a teacher at Noblesville Schools because when the shooting happened, she and her students were prepared.

“We had a plan, so I’m grateful for this training,” she said.

Noblesville schools passed a referendum in November 2018, six months after the Noblesville West Middle School shooting. The referendum led to significant improvements in school safety and security, totaling $1.75 million from the referendum. Increased security measures included improving security cameras and emergency communication systems, installing Stop the Bleed kits in all buildings, and implementing a security dog/handler program. Security dogs can identify firearms and narcotics.

A statement from Noblesville Schools said most safety initiatives are district-wide.

“All visitors, including parents and community members, must request access through our outdoor intercom systems, including providing photo identification. All visitors to the school who interact with students must undergo a comprehensive national background check which will include monitoring via our Arrest Alert. system. This includes parents who participate in field trips or field day activities, volunteer in class, attend class parties, or join their child for lunch, or whenever there is interaction. with students other than their own.

All schools in Noblesville conduct an active shooter response safety drill every year. The exercise uses the ALICE model, or alert, lock down, inform, counter, evacuate.

“The ALICE model is recommended by top school safety experts as the best approach to incidents of violence and was integral to a successful outcome in our 2018 school shootings,” the statement read. “Indiana state law requires drills 2 times a year, but Noblesville schools choose to do drills 4 times a year because of the importance of drills. These exercises are different at each level of development. Noblesville Schools staff are aware that these drills can trigger physical or emotional reactions in students and staff members have been trained to ensure the mental health of our students is safe while performing these drills.

The referendum also tripled school resource officer coverage in the district, resulting in 12 Noblesville Police Department SROs working full-time at each of the district’s schools and at extracurricular events.

“In addition to the many measures noted in the (referendum list), schools in Noblesville are using barricade devices on all doors, enhanced safety communication tools, mental health interventions and security dogs as other layers of prevention and detection in our overall security plan,” the statement read. “We have state metal detecting rods that can be used as needed. We also use a comprehensive security assessment team and planning to identify, investigate and best deal with potential threats. All new employees to Noblesville Schools must complete ALICE training upon onboarding to Noblesville Schools.

“Security is an ongoing process and we are always learning new best practices and improving our security plans.”

For a complete list of security initiatives, visit