KENDALLVILLE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) – The trend of tightening school security continues as another Noble County school district considers new safety measures to protect its students.
Superintendent Ann Linson of East Noble School Corporation has hired consultants from National School Safety and Security Services to audit the schools and better protect its students.
"That includes not only the buildings but our policies, our procedures. Are there some things that they can recommend to us,” Linson said.
Linson and the consultants held a meeting Monday night to listen to parent ideas and concerns.
"Those buildings are older,” said Karen Lahee, who has a 6th and 8th grader. “Some of them are brand new, some of them are older and obviously the older ones have a lot of security issues to be dealt with."
But consultant Kenneth Trump says it's not necessarily the building that can be the best defense.
"The first and best line of defense is always a well-trained, highly alert staff and student body. We want students to be trained not to open the doors to strangers and parents to know that when they check in, sign in, they need to be responsible when they help out and volunteer and help out at the schools,” Trumps said. “So it’s the human element that’s just as important if not more important than the bells and the whistles and the technology.”
Linson says the district has full time and part time resource officers, but that's not enough for some parents.
"Arming teachers and the staff like our Sheriff has suggested and would be willing to train, because if I can’t trust a teacher or an administrator with a weapon, I can’t trust them with my child,” said Maddie Davis, a parent.
Linson says the school board is weighing their options when it comes to implementing armed special deputies inside the schools.
“There are pros and cons to both. We are taking advantage of any options we possibly can to make parents feel that when they drop their son or daughter off during the day, they’re going to come home safe at night.”
The consultants already scoured the schools Monday and will continue through Wednesday. Linson says she’ll consider making the appropriate changes when they receive results.
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