Proposed Bill: Resource Officers in Every Va. School

By: Estephany Escobar Email
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HARRISONBURG, Va.(WHSV) -- More than a year later after the school shooting in Connecticut, Virginia lawmakers are still pushing to increase school safety.

A proposed bill in the General Assembly would make it a requirement to have resource officers in every school.

The bill states they would be paid with lottery funds, which is something Misty Wimer agrees with.

Her children attend an elementary school in Rockingham County.

The county currently has five SROs and each of them is responsible for five schools; however, their office is at the high schools.

"If there was an emergency at that school there is a 15 minute drive from the high school level to the elementary school level. That is 15 minutes. That can change everything," said Wimer.

In Rockingham County, besides resource officers, town police also patrols the schools.

Dr. Carol Fenn, the superintendent for Rockingham County Schools, said the current system works.


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