Last month, in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. school shooting, Jones announced he would offer CCW basic training classes for teachers and school employees interested free of charge. Hundreds signed up.
Scott decided to contact Jones, as well as the school board and State Rep. Wes Retherford, R-Hamilton, to discuss her concerns about how to keep her school safer and other security issues.
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“I want people to know that there are serious issues that need to be addressed regarding security at school,” she said. “I want change and the board to do something immediately, not next year, and I want them to acknowledge the problem.”
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Scott added that security in the schools has become more important than developing new academic programs and that resources now must be handled to make that a mission that can be accomplished.
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The board responded to Scott’s letter by saying that the message would be “passed on” for future discussion, and Retherford said that he has been in receipt of the letter as well as many from other students. he said he has been in touch with school officials to schedule a sitdown meeting with all interested parties involved to discuss concerns.
He said instead of going back and forth with each letter writer – especially since some had contact information and others did not – he reached out to Hamilton Principal John Wilhelm to set up a time to talk with these students, calling it “one of the easiest and best ways” to contact all of these students.
His last contact with Wilhelm was mid-afternoon on Thursday.
“They deserve a sit-down discussion,” Retherford said. “All of the letters had some issues concerning school safety, but some went further about the overall state of school policy. It was really encouraging they took the time to write about this as well.”
Some of the other ideas the letter-writers expressed ranged from increasing police officers, allowing teachers to carry weapons, gun bans, only allowing those 21 and older to purchase weapons and increasing mental health care.