Bethel School Board discusses response to officer-involved shooting

Just three days after an officer-involved shooting outside of Cascade Middle School, the school board discussed their experiences from that day.

Posted: Jan 14, 2019 11:16 PM
Updated: Jan 15, 2019 11:30 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Just three days after a person was shot and killed by police outside of Cascade Middle School, the Bethel School Board met and voiced their thoughts on what happened.

Police said Charlie Landeros was in a custody dispute at the school, and while they were escorting Landeros out, officials said Landeros pulled a gun and was then shot by officers.

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Now the Bethel School Board is taking time to reflect on how the school and district handled what happened on Friday morning.

An evening that began with fun entertainment by students from Shasta Middle School ended with a more serious reflection on an event that impacted hundreds in the Bethel School District.

"How professional they were and how coordinated -- how everyone worked together and course-corrected when they needed to," School Board Chair Debi Farr said. "Even if you have training, you don't -- every incident is different. You don't know how it's going to unfold."

A lot of the evening's discussion focused on the way staff in the district handled what happened on Friday morning and the way they communicated.

"That was really assuring, to know all the pieces were working together," School Board Vice Chair Paul Jorgensen said. "So, those four or five hours that everything was unfolding were long, but we were supported, and we just zeroed in on what we needed to do."

Board member Alan Laisure said that in doing what they were doing -- helping the kids across the street to reunite with their parents -- they learned a lot as well.

"It was just amazing to hear every time we moved a group of kids six different perspectives of what was going on, and it was really eye-opening to me and I'm sure it was to all of us that was doing that," Laisure said.

In the end, Superintendent Chris Parra said she is grateful that they had practiced for scenarios like this one over the last few years, and that staff knew every decision they made was important.

"Every single decision we made, like I said, had a ripple effect,” Parra said. “We knew one thing: we knew our kids were safe inside that building."

District staff will also be meeting twice over the next week to discuss the events that happened last Friday and look at what, if any improvements need to be made moving forward.

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