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Norman Police Department partnered with Norman Public Schools, Norman Fire Department and Norman Regional Health System's paramedic department to stage the drill that included simulated gunshots, sirens and fire alarms. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman
Norman Police Department partnered with Norman Public Schools, Norman Fire Department and Norman Regional Health System's paramedic department to stage the drill that included simulated gunshots, sirens and fire alarms. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Good Thursday morning. Yesterday was a chaotic scene at Norman North High School as school personnel and law enforcement officials took part in a joint training exercise to prepare for a school intruder

Norman Police Lt. Justin Wishon oversaw the drill, which focused on training for the SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) and paramedic units.

"We kind of worked it up to as much of a real-world situation as we could do with the resources that we had," he said. "It's low frequency, but it's a significant event.

"If we can practice it more and more and everyone knows what page we're on when something like this happens, it will make things go smoothly, or at least as smooth as possible when the real deal happens."

Tulsa leaders discuss how hunger is impacting schools

Pervasive hunger and food insecurity is taking a toll on lifelong health and success across the Tulsa area, but local leaders say a significant portion of eligible residents are not seeking assistance, reports the Tulsa World.

“Hunger doesn’t have county line boundaries. We have partners in Owasso saying their lines have doubled in the last few weeks. Jenks has a homeless coordinator,” said Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

The Tulsa Regional Chamber hosted a forum Tuesday morning on hunger in Tulsa and the effects food access has on school and workplace performance and the local economy.

John Marshall principal named

Assistant Principal Erica Ajayi will become the interim principal of John-Marshall Mid-High School in Oklahoma City, replacing Aspasia Carlson, who resigned Tuesday to accept a position with Tulsa Public Schools.

Ajayi taught family consumer science at John Marshall, an enterprise school serving grades 7-12, before becoming assistant principal in 2013. She has a master's in Educational Leadership from Southern Nazarene University.

Osage County schools receive grants for reading

Three school districts in Osage County — Pawhuska, Bowring and Wynona — were named earlier this year to receive significant amounts of grant money to help pay for teacher training and curriculum improvements to encourage better student reading performance, reports the Pawhuska Journal-Capital. The funding awards were part of a distribution that education leaders called the Oklahoma Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy grants.

Oklahoma parceled out about $20 million to school districts to help improve the literacy skills of children and youth from birth to twelfth grade. With the help of the Osage County Interlocal Cooperative, the Pawhuska, Wynona and Bowring school districts were selected to receive more than $1.6 million of the total.

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exercise that mimics a situation where a gunman shoots several people and takes hostages  on a high school campus. Norman Police Department partnered with Norman Public Schools, Norman Fire Department and Norman Regional Health System's paramedic department to stage the drill that included simulated gunshots, sirens and fire alarms. The goal of the exercise is to improve community safety.  Wednesday, July 18, 2018. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

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Ben Felder

Ben Felder is an investigative reporter for The Oklahoman. A native of Kansas City, Ben has lived in Oklahoma City since 2010 and covered politics, education and local government for the Oklahoma Gazette before joining The Oklahoman in 2016.... Read more ›

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