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LISBON, Ohio- A small group of people turned out Thursday night for a school safety forum at David Anderson Junior-Senior Auditorium in Lisbon.

Don Thompson, superintendent of Lisbon Exempted Village Schools, says the district is looking for feedback to some new items that have been added to its school safety plan.

"We have a draft copy on our website that we're soliciting feedback on and the biggest new one is the scenario called live active shooter," Thompson says.

In the years following the Columbine shootings, schools have implemented lockdown drills in an effort to keep kids safe.

Now, there is an evacuation part to the plan.

"Basically, it just says, if they come into that room where everyone is locked down, something has to be done and those are the things we're looking at," Thompson says.

Bullying is another component in guarding against school violence. Staff at McKinley Elementary School have utilized a prevention program for the past eight years that teaches kids about what to do if they are bullied and how to care for others.

"We have weekly classroom meetings that the teachers run to discuss any concerns that the children have and we have bullying rules that we read over the loudspeaker every day," says guidance counselor Missy Kemats.

Lisbon's school board has applied to the state of Ohio for a waiver day so that all teachers and staff can attend the peace officers training academy.

However, the board is not considering arming school staff.

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