SECTION, AL (WAFF) - Keeping your children safer in Jackson County Schools was the goal for the system's first School Resource Officer (SRO) hired in more than a decade.
"It's been a good year. The kids, all and all enjoyed us being around. And young and old both. They like seeing us, the teachers and principal." said Student Resource Officer Keith Miller.
Students at Section High School say they have always felt safe coming to school here. But having the added bonus of the first Jackson County SRO in more than a decade has been a huge help this year.
"During my time here, I've never felt unsafe. But with these guys here, you know, I feel even better. These guys do a great job." said Senior Trevor Gentry.
"I think everybody in the school honestly appreciates it. You know, it's kind of like a safety blanket. You know, I believe everybody at this school or any schools in Jackson County would rather have them and not need them." said Senior Wyatt Lee.
Seniors at Section High haven't had an SRO in their system since they were in elementary school. They now have a whole new appreciation for the job these officers do. Especially with the false alarm at their own school just months ago.
"I don't think any of us knew what to expect. But coming in, he was monitoring the door, you know, all the doors were locked. And it was very comforting to know that someone was there and that his job was to protect the students." said Senior Harley Carson.
"I see them and of course, they are in uniform , so it does it make us feel more comfortable with all of the events going across America." added Senior Colby Smith.
Kenneth Miller has served as a rotating SRO for Jackson County since the beginning of the school year.
Miller also gives credit to Section Chief Pete Ledwell by saying, "Pete does a great job helping keep not only Section School safe but also Macedonia and Dutton Elementary schools. He checks in on them periodically during the day even though they are out in the county."
Lamar Evans was brought on to be the second SRO in March.
The system is looking at adding more officers in their schools in the coming years.
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