Hearing that a gunman was on the run quite near to where you have responsibility for 350 children is not the ideal start to a Monday morning, as you might imagine!
As you know, we take security very seriously at Citywest ETNS, with doors supervised while they are open every morning and then access is via magnet-locked doors only.
Well, this morning we took the added precautions of closing the gates to the car park, locking the front door of the school and walking all children to and from the yard via internal routes rather than spreading out on various different routes, including through the car park, as we usually do to speed things up.
All adults were extra vigilant for unusual activities throughout the day and the family of staff members were following the news closely and keeping us updated on events as they happened.
All of this, of course, while not letting children, parents or visitors know that there was anything untoward or anything to worry about at all!
What a relief it is to know that the Gardai have resolved the situation and have the person involved in custody, just before school finished for the day. Phew!