Superintendents in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley discussed several strategies for keeping students alive during a shooting.
They emphasized close relationships with police, claiming that cops can help prevent shootings from occurring.
“If I had a billion dollars, I would hire officers for every building,” Terry Morawski, superintendent of Fort Smith Schools, which has its own police force, said. “That isn’t a possibility right now due to cost.” But we’re thrilled to be able to provide that in-person support and have those cops present.”
Springdale Superintendent Jared Cleveland described the security guards in his district as “family.”
“The kids love them, and so do the teachers,” Cleveland said. “I believe moms and dads appreciate having an extra layer of security.”
Fayetteville Superintendent John Mulford said he wants to petition the school board to install bullet-resistant film on the windows, partly in response to the March incident in Nashville. In order to gain access to the building, the attacker shot through glass doors, killing six individuals.
“The conversation had started before that, but I think that unfortunate incident just re-affirmed the value of safety film,” Mulford explained. “So, if someone tries to break into a building by breaking through a window or a glass door, the safety film would either prevent or significantly delay that.”
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