NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – Some teachers at Maplewood High School are concerned about how that school’s administration communicates with teachers during dangerous situations.
WSMV4 obtained a message from a teacher who wished to remain anonymous stating that the administration had not told teachers that a gun was found in the building on Monday.
In the post, the teacher also said he found out about the incident on the news that night.
Sean Braisted, spokesman for Metro Nashville Public Schools, said what happened was a misunderstanding and the result of miscommunication.
“We regret that if there were any staff who found out about it through the media. It shouldn’t have happened,” Braisted said.
WSMV asked the district to explain what happened on Monday. Braisted said the Maplewood principal was out of the office on Monday and did not have access to the call system, which notifies parents of any type of school-related information.
Braisted went on to say that the communications office was asked to make the call and that’s where they said the misunderstanding happened.
“We sent it to families. There was a misunderstanding between us and the school as to who was informing the staff,” Braisted said. “Normally the staff would either be informed separately or at the same time, and so I found out today that this did not happen. We certainly regret the faculty’s error.
In the message obtained from the teacher, it is stated that teachers have been notified “in accordance with district policy” that it is not protocol for teachers to be notified.
WSMV4 asked why teachers would not be notified. Braisted said the advice given to principals referred to parents. However, staff/teachers are not specifically called to be notified separately.
“You don’t necessarily have to go and see the staff, and certainly during the day you wouldn’t normally send a phone call to all the staff because you wouldn’t want everyone getting a call during the downtime. classroom instruction,” Braisted said. “We obviously encourage staff to be informed.
Braisted said if there was a question about it, they would provide more clarity to school administrators.
WSMV4 asked what is Metro Schools policy for notifying teachers of incidents like this.
“We defer to primary discretion as to how they communicate with staff,” Braisted said. “They can communicate by e-mail. They can communicate through faculty meetings. It really depends on the school situation and what the situation calls for.
He said leaving the teachers out was unintentional and also said the principal spoke to faculty members about the incident the following day.
How will the school system prevent something like this from happening again?
“It was kind of a unique situation and obviously in the future if we have a situation where the principal is our and they don’t ask us to do it, we will probably make sure the teachers are included in that call our or we will make sure to ask if you have spoken to your staff,” Braisted said.
As for the student who brought the loaded gun to Maplewood, Metro Police said the student ran away from school on Monday and was not caught Thursday.
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