“The county has agreed to fund one additional SRO to be used in the county. The Sheriff is not authorized to dispense any funds and that is why he did not agree to provide and officer upon Henson's request”he said. After Simonds made his offer, Mayor Donna Whitener spoke on behalf of the city.
“We are happy to help in any way that we can...whatever you need, we will help. The safety of our children is our top priority and that is why my council voted to provide and fund the SRO for Blue Ridge Elementary, since that is the only school within the city limits”she said.
“We don't need outsiders coming in to help with this. It is going to be trouble in the long run”he said in regards to Whitener stating that the city funded SRO would work under Darvin Couch, which is the supervisor of the SROs.
“It is not going to hurt our feelings either way”she said.
“Our students are our top priority and we want to keep them safe.”Board member, Lewis DeWeese ellaborated on what Henson had said and stated that he was happy to have the problem of having so many people wanting to help. Bobby Bearden added that kids were number one to everyone at the table and that his love of kids is the reason he has served on the board for ten years. “Children are our number one” seemed to be the theme of all the closing remarks by the board members.
“No comment”he said.
“The city will be happy to provide an SRO at Blue Ridge Elementary. I know several kids in the school system and their safety and security while at school is very important to me. In fact, when I have to leave during the day, I make a point to drive through there on my way back to the office just so I can see for myself what is going on”she said.