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Nash-Rocky Mount leaders concerned about security in elementary schools

May 14, 2019

A local school district is saying the security measures in their elementary schools need improvement.

According to leaders, the Nash-Rocky Mount district serves 7,000 elementary students at 16 elementary schools. But there are only a total of eight installed security cameras and zero school resource officers, and the public is pleading district leaders for more.

“How are we doing right now? I would say that we are not doing really well in regards to the safety piece, but we recognized that we needed to make something happen,” said Tremain McQueen, chief technology officer for Nash-Rocky Mount Schools.

Currently, all schools in the district have access control measure, like locks and login credentials as well as panic devices, but officials say they need more than that.

“This is an extreme priority for us,” said Shannon Davis, director of maintenance for Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools. “The elementary kids are the most vulnerable kids.”

District leaders say they need funding to buy at least 500 cameras for the elementary schools. Right now, Swift Creek Elementary is the only campus with cameras. Leaders say that’s because it’s the farthest school from law enforcement.

School leaders are hopeful for additional state funding or grants that will help pay for upgrades. Leaders hope that, by installing school security cameras on every campus, school officials can monitor them no matter where they are.

″[We want to] be able to possibly see a target and potentially being able to get into a lockdown situation in any school incident,” Davis said. “You know time saves lives.”

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