LCA superintendent doing what he can to prevent shootings here


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Liberty Christian Academy held a chapel Thursday, February 15 to focus on the shooting in Florida, where 17 people were killed after a former student opened fire on the school's campus Wednesday, February 14.

Superintendent Dr. John Patterson led the Liberty Christian Academy Chapel.

Dr. Patterson said he main goal for his school is to make sure students, staff, and parents feel safe; he said he is doing everything he can to make sure what happened at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, doesn't happen here.

"Everyone here is trained in threat assessment: students, faculty, staff, everyone," he said. "Which means what do I do if I hear something, where do I go, where do I report it."

LCA also has a first response team which can answer a threat with firepower if necessary, but students like Landyn Dupin, find the most comfort in their teachers.

"It's a character thing," Dupin said. "I feel like that they are willing to literally risk their lives for their students."

Dr. Patterson said part of their threat assessment program is encouraging students to report anything that makes them uncomfortable.

"[Thursday] morning we had a student that reported something that they felt was a threat which we looked into and efficiently and professionally dealt with a threat this morning," Dr. Patterson said.

Dr. Patterson says he just wants students and staff members to feel safe when they're at LCA.

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