Governor Continues Call for More Resource Officers, Superintendent Pledges to Start Training to Spot Disturbed Students
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO)- Governor Henry McMaster held a school safety program where agency officials, lawmakers, and educators all met to discuss solutions for ending school violence.
Governor Henry McMaster is no longer calling for teachers to be armed in schools. Instead, he is sticking to the recommendation he proposed in his state budget, saying every school in every district needs a school resource officer, asking lawmakers to allocate at least five million dollars to make sure this effort happens.
“The thing we must do and must do immediately is to have a trained law enforcement officer in every school anytime that school is open,” said McMaster. “Our priority is to stop these shooters. The best and quickest way to do that is to have a certified trained law enforcement officer on that campus and let the would-be shooters know it.”
Dillion High School Senior Jacorie McCall said three schools in his district do not have their own resource officer but he believes adding more deputies may not be the best solution.