Discussing safety for the first day of school

Student drop-off on first day of school at Woodrow Wilson. (WTHI Photo, Curtis Akers)
Student drop-off on first day of school at Woodrow Wilson. (WTHI Photo, Curtis Akers)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – On Tuesday Vigo County kids kicked off their very first day for the 2014 – 2015 school year.

It was a very busy morning with long lines of parents dropping the kids off at school. But the talker of the morning was that of safety.

News 10’s Brittany Earl spoke with Vigo County School Corporation Superintendent Danny Tanoos and Vigo County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Clark Cottom on school safety from last year and what the plan is for this year.

“We had a meeting last year with the Sheriff, the Mayor and Chief of Police,” explained Tanoos. “We also came together with the county council and pulled our monies together to put a school resource officer in every school. As you walk in it’s not like it’s a threat – they’re there for not only protection of students but to get to know them better. And I think it’s a good thing because students get to know police in a different way.”

“We have covered every school in Vigo County this year. Last year there was an officer covering multiple schools,” Cottom stated. “We’ve expanded that this year to the point that every school has law enforcement coverage.”

News 10 also spoke with a one mother while she was dripping her child off at school. She stated she is happy with the school safety plan in place this year and she would rather be safe than sorry.

“Cause you never know cause you always think it will happen some place else,” she stated. “And it’s nice the school cares so much about the safety of all not just teachers, but the children too.”

Tanoos also said that as long as he is the superintendent, he will always make sure this program is in place. No matter what, they will always find the funding because safety is not a choice but a priority.

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