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Schools get 'safety buckets' in case of shooter

'Safety buckets' will go into every classroom in a Michigan school district. An assistant principal said his school will fill the buckets with potentially life-saving supplies. (Source: WNEM/CNN) 'Safety buckets' will go into every classroom in a Michigan school district. An assistant principal said his school will fill the buckets with potentially life-saving supplies. (Source: WNEM/CNN)

CLIO, MI (WNEM/CNN) - With classroom shootings on the minds of many, one Michigan high school is trying to make their students feel safer.

Heidi Hummel and her classmates are gearing up for their senior year at Clio High School, but back-to-school prep has taken a more somber tone after recent school shootings.

This year at Clio, every classroom will have what's called a "safety bucket."

"We are unloading them and using them in the event, if we ever needed them, for a lock down," Hummel said. "And we can have them for food and supplies if we were ever locked down for a long time."

The buckets will go into every classroom in the school district. Assistant Principal Kevin Ayre said the school needs the public's help to fill the buckets with potentially life-saving supplies.

"They're going to be filled with gauze, bandages, water - you know, necessities in the situation where we have to be in a long-term lockdown," Ayre said.

Walmart donated at least 144 of the buckets, and students and faculty said they're great because in the case of an emergency they could use them as bathrooms as well.

Currently the Clio Menards is taking donations for needed items.

Clio Principal Lisa Taylor said her school has been trained in ALICE active shooter response, and the buckets will continue to help students feel more comfortable.

"When you look at our kids - my daughter goes to Clio High School," Taylor said. "I have a high schooler. I have one in elementary, and I look at this as a parent, too. I want our students to walk in and feel like, 'Wow, I can't feel any safer than I do right now.'"

Hummel wants to be prepared, and by making sure every classroom is fully stocked, she feels ready to head back to class.

"You can only live for today, and anything can happen," she said.

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