School leader discusses school safety
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — School is on the forefront of many minds here in the Cape Fear — especially for those who are parents.
A Laney High School student was arrested last week after weapons and drugs were found in his car, and a bogus threat closed Los Angeles’ public schools yesterday.
New Hanover County Director of Safety Dave Spencer, says they’re always looking for new ways to make schools safer, but educating students and school staff members.
“An awareness and education and just the visibility of our staff, certainly helps with mediating any kind of situation,” said Spencer.
He also added that students are encouraged to speak up if they see someone who doesn’t belong on campus.
Spencer said high schools are generally more difficult to protect since students are usually required to move around the campus for classes — something not as typical for elementary and middle school students.
“The way the schedules are laid out for high schoolers is just very different from middle schools and elementary schools, so that adds a level of difficulty,” Spencer said.
The county works closely with local law enforcement to make sure students are protected at school.