"At the end of the day, schools are a vulnerable place," said Chase Lyday, president of the Indiana School Resource Officers Association.
School resource officers like Lyday monitor hallways all day to secure the campus once class starts. Moments like what happened this week at a Southern California school make him take a second look.
"Certainly sad when a student slips through the cracks. Our goal is to be as proactive and sensitive to kids’ needs," Lyday said.
Lyday said SROs focus on what is happening outside the school as well as inside.
"Parking lot patrols, we have officers even from nearby jurisdictions that drive by pay attention what is going on," he said.
"It is impossible to prevent you know something, an incident but at least let’s try to minimize it so we worked very hard on that," said Paul Kaiser, Superintendent of Beech Grove Schools.
Beech Grove also wants to hire more SROs so that there can be one at the middle school and high school. They plan to put forth a referendum next year.
"You have to do everything you can ahead of time by working with kids and talking to kids," he said.
The Indiana Department of Education recently held training for a School Safety Specialist Academy. Administrators learned best practices for security. Right now, there are more than 3,000 school safety specialists in the state.
SOURCE: Fox 59
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