Superintendent Proposes Beefed Up School Security

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

After a school shooting Tuesday in Tennessee kills an assistant principal, Rockford Supt. Dr. Dennis Thompson says it's better to be safe than sorry.

Tuesday night, Thompson gave his ideas on how to beef up security at the district's middle and high schools. You see, elementary schools have a buzz-in system, but not at the upper schools. Thompson says there have been several incidents of late where people have just barged in classrooms and caused a stir. The superintendent says it's time for action. He is proposing two police officers in each high school, and added security personnel to patrol the halls.

"The uniformed police security gives us trained people right away, who are trained at security procedures. These people of course will not be armed they are to assist administration in carrying out the rules and regulations of the district," Thompson said.

In other Rockford school board news, the board rejects a motion that would have set a limit of four times a year that board members could take open meeting votes by phone.

The vote tied three apiece, but failed since there was no majority.


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