Mass Casualty Incidents

Colorado School District Using Buckets Filled with Kitty Litter for Lockdowns


KDVR-TV

 

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Back to school shopping in one school district now includes buckets and kitty litter.

About half the schools in Jefferson County now have the makeshift bathrooms in classrooms in the event of an active shooter emergency, KDVR-TV reports.

They’re also called “go buckets” and can be used by students as a makeshift bathroom during lockdowns that could last several hours.

Columbine High School, site of the infamous 1999 school shooting that took the lives of 12 students and one teacher, is located within the school district.

“I think it’s a weird idea,” parent Michelle Gebers told KDVR-TV. “But I guess if you’re in a lockdown situation, it’s not something every parent is thinking about.”

The district’s school safety administrator said the idea was brought up several years ago when students were stuck in a lockdown for more than four hours.

The district has more than 150 schools.