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What are local schools doing to protect students?

The Columbine anniversary prompted us to take a closer look at what local school officials do to protect our students. Brunswick and New Hanover County schools have school resource officers stationed at every middle and high school on a daily basis. Some schools in Pender County have to share resource officers. Resource officers are responsible for developing security checks and undergoing hours of training in case an intruder makes their way on campus. Brunswick County schools also have two school lockdown drills a year. "Rather them have us and not need us than not have us and need us," Brunswick County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Fennell said. "We hope we never have to be put in that situation, but we are the first line of defense if anything actually happens in the school." School resource officers in Brunswick County will undergo SWAT team training next month.

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School Resource Officers

School Resource Officers are an asset to our schools. They not only provide safety to our campuses but they are able to connect with the students and hopefully intervene prior to any major issues like Columbine's. I know there has been some concerns about the amount of time and money spent having officers at school games and events but believe me the time that something happens and there are not enough officers to respond immediately and appropriately everyone will wonder why there were not more there. Isn't our children's safety worth it? Plus having several officers at large events allows them to pay more attention to the crowd and again intervene prior to a problem errupting.