School Saftey

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

Parents say Stone Spring Elementary is as safe as it gets. The pictures of missing kids are fresh in parents’ minds as their kids head back to school.

"I pick em up and drop em off everyday," Jennifer Gibson says.

"I just feel better about it-she's five and she's been with me forever," Christa Stoner says.

"I've even walked em to class, so I'm doing my own safety measure there, you can't be too careful," Gibson says.

Jennifer Gibson has three kids at Stone Spring and she worries about the recent abductions.

"I do worry about that I'm very glad they have the visitor badges, they're really looking out for people who look strange," Gibson says.

"This has been an issue to us long before state and national headlines," Bruce Hamilton says.

Principal Bruce Hamilton makes it a priority to keep the kids safe.

All the doors are locked, except the front door, which buzzes when someone comes in. Only people cleared with a parent can pick a child up and teachers are always on the lookout.

"Be sure you're accountable for your students that you know where they're going and where they are," Hamilton says.

At arrival and dismissal, there are always two administrators outside and at least four teachers inside. No kids are allowed out until their bus pulls in.

"I think it's very safe with the principal greeting everyone in the morning at the bus and all. We think it's safe," Sandy Rich says.

"The principal made it real clear with his list of policies," Stoner says.

"Just understand everything we're trying to do is in the best interest of the child," Hamilton says.

"It's a big job. I think they're doing a really great one," Gibson says.

Hamilton says they have made a few changes this year. They're just trying to balance between being an inviting place and a safe one.

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