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October 6, 2013

To never be a ‘Newtown,’ Murray schools ‘beef up’ security

More police, anonymous hotline added

(Continued)

A correct balance of security?

Trammel said she’s a “good ol’ Southern girl” and supports weapons on campus, even expressing support for principals and teachers to have access to firearms.

But how practical that would be, Trammel said, she doesn’t know.

North Murray student Alexis Rodriquez said she isn’t sure about how many guns school officials should have access to. Officers are good, she said, but she said she would “hesitate on adding more than that.”

“There’s got to be a fine line,” she said.

When news broke about the Newtown shootings, many local teachers and students were divided on how much security is too much. Several teachers cautioned against an initial overreaction, saying too much security could turn schools into prisons, while some parents and students asked for what Murray County Schools officials implemented: more officers.

“I think where we are at is a good baseline,” Trammel said on the level of security.

Tuck said school officials talked about what else they could add, from bullet proof glass to metal detectors (Mountain Creek received metal detectors this year, but not other schools). The ultimate decision rests on how many dollars school officials have at their disposal.

“We do have a limited budget,” Tuck said.

School officials did use $5,400 on a new hotline system that Tuck says has already worked in a few cases, “nothing too dramatic.”

“We’ve addressed any issues we get from the tip system,” he said. “So far, there haven’t been a whole lot, but there have been a few things that have come up.”

Rodriquez said she supports the hotline.

“I think it’s good,” she said.

But there’s still a concern, Rodriquez said, that “too much security is a bad thing.”

“Right now, I think it’s good to have more security,” she said. “I just don’t want to ever feel like I’m going to jail when I’m going to school.”

 

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