On April 30, state police officials were dispatched to the school for an allegedly intoxicated individual who had entered the school.
The Clay County Sheriff's Department were unable to dispatch to the school that day because of another call.
"Obviously somebody noticed," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told The Times. "We called state police because our deputy, who was working, was on the other side of the county."
According to a report provided by CCSD, Northview Principal Tim Rayle called the report in that an apparent intoxicated male had walked into the school and attempted to use the restroom.
According to the report, the man left walking westbound on State Road 340.
"The school did the right thing," Heaton said. "Nowadays, you've got to be careful. Being prepared is the main thing."
Northview Assistant Principal Lynn Romas said the unknown man walked up to the senior patio, located on the northwest corner of the school, and told students he had to use the restroom.
"I think the kids thought he was (intoxicated), but we have no evidence of that," Romas told The Times.
Romas said the senior patio is an area where senior students may go outside and eat lunch. He said the students immediately notified school officials the man was there and officials escorted him out of the building.
Clay Community Schools Director of Buildings and Grounds Tom Reberger said he was unaware of the incident, but said something like that happening surely would bring building security to the forefront.
"I was not aware of it," Reberger said. "But if it did happen, it would be a major concern. We just don't want anyone walking in off the streets."
CCSC Board President Terry Barr agreed.
"I would think it would," Barr said. "We have too few adults keeping eyes on doors. I don't think anyone could want (increased security) more than I want it."
Recently, the school board of trustees had suggested a renovation project that included security improvements to school buildings.
Reberger said secondary principals within the corporation recently met with representatives from Schmidt Associates, Indianapolis, who are working on the project. Reberger said they had an opportunity to look at blueprints.
"They were working on preliminary designs for security," Reberger said.
Rayle told The Brazil Times the meeting with the architects gave principals the opportunity to see several different options regarding enhanced school security.
He said he would prefer magnetic doors that could be locked throughout the day in addition to video cameras by the doors and door buzzers that would allow people into the building.
"We were just throwing out ideas," Rayle said. "For us at secondary, (security) is priority No. 1."