FRANKLIN, Ind. (April 9, 2014)– Mass chaos, death, and fear have plagued schools across the nation at alarming rates over the years. Now, Indiana State Police are working hard to make Hoosier kids feel protected.
“We have drills pertaining to that and we call them either code red or code blue and I hate to say it, its almost normal for the students now,” said Franklin Community Schools social studies teacher John Jackson.
The school corporation has taken an extra step to protect their students and bring a sense of security into the schools. They’ve teamed up with Indiana State Police as part of the school walk-through initiative. The program was implemented after support from Gov. Mike Pence and Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter.
“We have officers come out in the communities they work in, walk through the schools, speak with the parents, speak with administrators and the students and you get that one on one know what’s going on in your community feeling,” said Sgt. Richard Myers.
Any school in Indiana can be apart of the program at no cost. Officers who are in the area can stop by schools at random to walk the halls or even do their paperwork in the parking lot just to show their presence.
Students in Franklin have built relationships with their permanent resource officer along with state police. The goal is for students to feel comfortable talking to law enforcement.
“Which can work to our betterment if something is happening a shooting or something that a kid wants to talk to you about…he feels better knowing you that he’s seen you around
and knows your name,” said Sgt. Myers.
The staff is on board with the idea.
“I greatly appreciate it and I think teachers I’ve spoken with greatly appreciate it. I think since Columbine really you don’t take safety for granted anymore…at least I don’t,” said Jackson.
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