Parents ask for more safety resources in Wakulla County following threat

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Alex Crescenti | WCTV EyeWitness News
February 20, 2018

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla (WCTV) -- Following a three day weekend, many students and teachers expected a short week in Wakulla County.

However, after a social media threat on Monday some parents expressed safety concerns Tuesday evening. Those with the school district say they take this threat seriously.

"It makes you think. It brings it home. We're just thankful that the person that called in complaint to the sheriff's office made that call," said Jim Griner the Safety and Risk Coordinator for the school district.

At a school board meeting Tuesday night, parents had expressed their desire to help better protect schools and to obtain further funding for safety measures.

"There's no price tag on my child's safety. There's no dollar value that I would put on that," said Rick Myer.

"I don't care about funding; we can add $196 to our taxes for a garbage can, but you can't assign an resource officer to the school so that we can all have piece of mind?" added Ryan Kneel.

Teachers also said the need for additional resources is critical.

"We don't want to be armed with guns, we want to be armed with behavior specialist and school resource officers and guidance councilors," said one woman.

District officials say there are school resource officers at the high school and middle school levels, but not at the elementary or Pre-K levels.

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