PONTOTOC COUNTY, Okla. (KTEN) — District Attorney Erik Johnson held a school safety review for school administrators and first responders Thursday morning. 

The meeting started with a review of law enforcement’s response to recent school shootings and then led to a discussion about school safety and improving security. 

“I have four kids that are in public education, so I’m personally very concerned about this,” Johnson explained. “Plus, as district attorney, I’m responsible for every student in Pontotoc, Seminole and Hughes counties. It is the first thing on my mind when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I think about at night; the safety of our kids in District 22.” 

An agent from the district attorney's Drug and Violent Crime Task Force walked through the response in Uvalde, Texas, and what law enforcement can learn from it. 

"You can see that the response was deficient," Johnson said. "However, contrapose that with law enforcement response in Nashville; less than seven minutes after entering the school, the shooter was taken down."

The goal was to build relationships between law enforcement and educators and to discuss emergency plans.

“I think a visible presence is important. We were able to hire three full-time resource officers,” said Ada City Schools Superintendent Mike Anderson. “I think that’s how you look at this; if we have a resource officer standing out in front of the building, he may prevent something from happening and never even know something was in the works.”

Johnson believes clear communication is critical for school districts. 

“School administrators, resource staff, and school resource officers that were here, I wanted them to hear from our local law enforcement and recognize that law enforcement is heavily invested in school security issues and wants to participate in school resource plans and emergency action plans,” Johnson explained.