Area Schools Look at Increasing Security For Next School Year

AREA-WIDE -- In the wake of yet another school shooting, area schools are making changes to keep their students and staff safe.

As we reported this week, Jasper Schools will be looking at ways to make schools safer for the next school year while kids are out on summer break.

Northeast Dubois Schools are also looking at security measures in response to the string of school shootings across the country this year.

School officials there want the County Commissioners to approve a school resource officer for those schools, saying response time is higher in rural areas and police may not get to the schools in enough time to stop a shooter or to respond to another emergency.

And, in Tell City, school officials are collaborating with police to improve school security there.

Schools there will be getting a school resource officer for the start of the 2018 – 2019 school year.

The officer will be jointly funded by Tell City Police and the school corporation.

Tell City mayor Jim Adams supports the move.In a statement released yesterday, the mayor said, QUOTE

“We have spent money and resources on projects that hold far less value that the safety of our children.Parents shouldn’t have to worry about the safety of their children when they drop them off at school.”

The latest round of school safety improvements comes after another school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas on Friday.8 students and 2 staff were killed in that attack.