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Not fazed or disturbed. by the violence that has hit three high schools nationwide in the past week.
``I'm not worried,'' said senior Megan Read, as she rushed off to class.
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During his morning parking-lot duty at Valencia, a campus supervisor, Burt Dominguez, spoke of the focus these days on school security. It started after that spring day in 1999 when two boys gunned down 13 fellow students and a teacher at Columbine High School Columbine High School is a secondary school in unincorporated Jefferson County, Colorado. The school is located at 6201 South Pierce Street, one mile west of the Littleton city limits and half a mile south of the Denver city/county line. in Colorado before killing themselves.
At the time, suburban communities throughout the nation were comparing each local campus with the Colorado school. And with that came the realization to Valencia High that campus violence knows no bounds.
``It's not a matter of if; it's a matter of when,'' Valencia's assistant principal, Les Luxmore, said as he prepared his yearly crisis-prevention drill Wednesday morning. ``That's how real it is.''
On foot or rolling in purple golf carts, five or six Valencia campus supervisors patrol different areas of the hilltop campus. Their duties include supervising students during brunch and lunch and checking identification of adult visitors.
``We even check IDs of the construction workers,'' Dominguez said.
Dominguez, also a football coach, said he has a personal reason for staying alert: His daughter is a senior at Valencia.
He's somewhat confident the campus is well prepared for emergencies. ``Just be aware of your surroundings, all the time,'' he said.
State education officials say campus safety is a priority, and there is always more to be done.
``Our bases are never covered enough,'' said Chuck Nichols, safety and education-programs consultant for the State Department of Education.
Nichols, who works with drug, alcohol and violence-prevention programs statewide, said crisis prevention is a priority, but it is tough to be prepared for any possible situation.
``Short of turning a school into a prison, it is not possible to prevent every single incident,'' Nichols said.
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Hart officials also work with local law enforcement to coordinate security. The Sheriff's Department has staged emergency drills on local campuses.
``We can never say we are totally safe, but we are aware, and we prepared,'' district spokeswoman Pat Willett said.
At Valencia High, Luxmore talked about preparations for his yearly crisis-prevention drill.
The two-hour drill activates a series of emergency procedures designed to ensure student safety, Luxmore said.
``We need to feel like we can respond. We want to be ready,'' he said.
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While Luxmore said violence has never been a real issue on his campus, the week's events were heavy on the minds of teachers and administrators.
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2. campus, shootings and chaos are distant possibilities.
``Not at Valencia,'' said senior Cheri Graham.
``Maybe some schools in L.A., but not here. Kids are raised different.''