'30 On 30 Program' Receives Support in Marion County
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on February 06, 2013 @ 8:20PM
Created on February 06, 2013 @ 7:57PM
In light of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, some schools officials across the country are looking into having police officers at schools during the day. They feel this would not only help make kids and parents feel safer, but it could also prevent another tragedy like that from happening again.
The project is called "30 on 30" and basically what that means is that some school officials want police officers to go to all the schools in the county for about 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon.
The idea was brought up at Monday night's board of education meeting and seemed to receive positive feedback. Officials do not want to set up a specific time for officers to report in, they just want them to stop by and walk through the school buildings, then go on about their day. Communities across the county have also signed on to be a part of the program at no cost to the board.
The board would not need to supply additional income to the officers for taking that extra hour out of their day. Officials hope to get a grant that would fund prevention resource officers to be stationed full time in Marion County's three high schools and the Marion County technical center.
Superintendent Gary Price says; "So far the reaction has been 100% positive, as I would have expected it to be. The Sheriffs department, various city police department and the mayors in Marion County have been extremely supportive"
Most people in Marion County are very happy to hear about this program but they actually thought that an officer should be at each school for the entire day. Carol Paxton from Fairmont told 5 News; " They need to be there all day for the kids because you never know what's going to happen. People could come into the schools, bring weapons or something and you can't trust anybody.
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