Leon County school officials and law enforcement heard an ear full from parents at a security meeting. The meeting allowed for parents to ask questions about how the school system is protecting their children. School officials explained their plans, but found they might need to revise some others.
Within a week here has been a gang-related murder, a text message threat to shoot up Rickards High School, and most recently, a gun found in a student's car on campus. Now parents demand answers. Parents questioned Leon County School Board members and local law enforcement about their strategies in case their worst fears became a reality.
On Tuesday, 120 students missed school out of fear. Kenneth Hill kept his daughter at home. He said, "All the incidents that have been going on and with the kid that got shot and killed. We were just concerned about her safety and we felt it was a good idea to keep her out."
Officials ranging from the Leon County school board to law enforcement were at the meeting to reassure parents of their school's safety, one question at a time. Some officials say school is the safest place for children next to their own home. They described the many plans in place to respond to emergencies, but officials say communication with parents will help improve their plans.
The Leon County school board and law enforcement say they will increase security at Rickards and that will help model their plans for schools throughout the community.
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