Williamson County schools examine safety in light of CT shooting - WKRN News 2

Williamson County schools examine safety in light of Conn. shooting

Posted: Updated: Dec 17, 2012 11:11 PM

In light of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting, Williamson County officials are now taking a closer look at their own school policies and safety procedures.

Monday night's Williamson County School Board meeting began with a moment of silence, honoring the 26 victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

But the focus quickly turned to protecting the students, teachers and staff of the Williamson County school district.

Government, school and law enforcement officials met on Monday and pledged their commitment to keep students in the district safe, hoping to comfort and ease parent's fears as they send their children to school.

"Law enforcement throughout the county has committed to an increased presence at the schools. The law enforcement efforts in conjunction with existing school safety protocols will serve as an additional layer of protection for our community's most precious treasure, our children," Williamson County Sheriff Jeff Long said.

Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson is proposing a resolution to make sure every school in the county has a School Resource Officer on duty.

Currently, officers are only present in the middle and high schools.

"This resolution will provide funding to hire SRO's, at each of our counties 23 elementary," said Mayor Rogers Anderson.

The resolution will be presented to the Williamson County Commission on January 14, 2013.

$1.7 million is requested to fund the resolution.

The county is also calling on the community to do their part too.

"By reporting any suspicious activity that they might notice near a school campus or someone they might overhear make a statement involving the safety at a school," Sheriff Long said.

The Tennessee Department of Education and Williamson County Schools will also be co-hosting a summit on school safety in 2013.

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