CNN LIVE AT DAYBREAK
Talk with WRVA Radio's Jimmy Barrett
Aired October 21, 2002 - 05:37 ET
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CATHERINE CALLAWAY, CNN ANCHOR: Well, since the latest sniper style shooting occurred so close to Richmond, Virginia, we're going to check in with Jimmy Barrett and WRVA News Radio 1140 in Richmond.
And Jimmy is on the phone with us now.
Jimmy, are you there?
JIMMY BARRETT, WRVA RADIO CORRESPONDENT: .... here at 1140 WRVA.
Yes, good morning, Catherine.
How are you?
CALLAWAY: Boy, you work right up to the moment I toss to you, don't you?
BARRETT: Hey, we've got a lot of information to get out. We can't waste a whole lot of time here in the morning.
CALLAWAY: Yes, I know we normally talk sports with you, but I can't imagine what it's like up there. What is the mood, Jimmy?
BARRETT: Well, here, needless to say, the tragedy has come. This is Saturday's paper. I'm sure you can see the headline right now -- "Ashland Shooting." It is far and away the number one story. One of the stories I think we're talking a lot about this morning is the decision that the public schools made to shut down all of the schools this morning.
There was a press conference, Catherine, yesterday, at about three o'clock in the afternoon. Hanover Superintendent Stuart Robertson (ph) led the way in saying at that time, yesterday afternoon, that school was the safest place for kids to be, that there would be a lockdown. And he left it up to the individual schools to define what a lockdown would be.
But then this morning we found out that all the schools in the greater Richmond area are closed, evidently in response to the thousands of telephone calls, literally, that the school systems were receiving. So there's...
CALLAWAY: So let me ask you, Jimmy, now, you're saying that each individual system or school had to make its own decision on whether or not to shut down this -- explain that. Or was it a...
BARRETT: Yes, it's not a regional decision. All the public schools have their own, you know, ability to do that. They're treating this as you would a weather closure, for example, where it's up to the individual public school systems. But I think, quite frankly, they had all met, they all got together over the weekend and were going to work in tandem no matter what the decision was.
The initial decision was to stay open, but, again, because of all those parents' concerns and phone calls, they decided to close.
CALLAWAY: So when is it scheduled to reopen?
BARRETT: There's no word on that yet. We also don't know what will ultimately happen this week with activities such as Friday night high school football, which is very, big around here.
CALLAWAY: I'm sure it is.
BARRETT: And any other weekend events that may occur within the confines of the City of Richmond. There had been a parade that had been rescheduled for Saturday. My guess would be that parade is probably not going to happen.
CALLAWAY: All right, Jimmy, thanks for checking in with us this morning.
BARRETT: Hope to talk to you again soon.
Thank you, Catherine. Appreciate it.
CALLAWAY: That's Jimmy Barrett with WRVA News Radio.
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