Henry Co. Schools Upping Security

By: Sarah Cantey Email
By: Sarah Cantey Email

Usually when you think of a lesson plan, you think math, reading science. But the lesson plan for Henry County includes safety doors and more school resource officers.

Henry County Superintendent Lesa Knowles said, “Safety is main priority for our schools and our children.”

After a gunman opened fire in Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary, just how safe our schools really are…was called into question.

“Things that the principals and faculty personnel wanted was the access doors,” Knowles said.

When school starts, visitors have to come up, ring a bell, and speak with a receptionist before they can get in. This system is already in place in Headland.

Headland Elementary has taken steps to beef up their security.

Assistant Principal Headland Elementary Carmen Neiswanger said, “We’ve added high fencing around our whole campus, all our gates are locked at all times, we’ve added 10 exterior cameras.”

And after the County sold $50,000 in old property, funds freed up to put the doors like the ones in Headland in all Henry County schools, hoping to keep student’s minds on what they are there to do.

“We want our children to be able to focus on learning and not their safety,” Neiswanger said.

On top of adding the new doors, Henry County wants to turn their part-time school resource officer positions into a full-time job.

The superintendent just began meeting with the security company to begin the process of adding the doors to Abbeville schools.

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