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Local mother reacts to Florida shooting, doesn't expect change


Pamela Siemens, a mother of five, says she had panic attack as news updates poured in about the horrific events unfolding at Marjory Stone Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.  

"Trump came on the news talking about what kind of tragedy it is and supposedly talking to our children about how this shouldn't happen to you and whatnot," she says. "It's just going to be words again." 

It's a dialogue about tighter gun laws, background checks and mental health that some say comes up too often because of the growing number of mass shootings across the country. But, Pamela says she's doesn't expect any change to come even after Wednesday's shooting. 

"Our laws allow people, even mentally unstable people, to get guns that can do damage to so many people, so many lives and it doesn't end when they die," Siemens says. "These people, these families live with this nightmare for the rest of their lives." 

But to make sure that nightmare doesn't happen here at home, the South Beloit School District says it's installed more cameras and even has a system where visitors have to go through multiple hoops just to get into the main building. It also trains extensively for these situations every year as a way to minimize the possible impact if that crisis were to unfold. 

"It's impossible to say how people are going to react," says Scott Fisher, the superintendent of the South Beloit School District. "Training is one thing and reality is another." 

It's preventive steps Pamela says all local schools can do at this point.  

"Until the government starts sticking up for the citizens of our country and starts doing something about it," she says. "I don't know what's going to happen."

The South Beloit School District says it also works closely with it's local law enforcement agencies and Mercyhealth to prepare for a similar situation. 


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