Williamson County Schools Decide On Funding For School Security
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn.- School districts and local governments in Tennessee are starting to take more safety measures in the wake of a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school last month. Monday, the Williamson County Commission will decide on funding that could put armed officers in schools.
The decision to increase security is in response to last month's deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Superintendent Mike Looney says he's been working with law enforcement reviewing security procedures at the schools. He says they also plan to hire a national safety expert to evaluate their safety plans. If the funding is approved, all Williamson County Schools will have Resource Officerson site every school day.
In Unicoi County, Sheriff Mike Hensley said he has placed resource officers in all schools at least until the end of the spring semester. In a similar effort, Montgomery County, officials announced that they would place armed off-duty police officers at elementary schools beginning this month.
Meanwhile, officials in other communities are discussing options. Rutherford County officials are considering a proposal to add resource officers. Davidson County officials are considering measures that would standardize main entryways, add locks that can be locked from inside for classroom doors, and assure every school has a digital security system. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean has urged school leaders to shift money already earmarked for other projects to complete the security upgrades.