Officials with the Anderson County school system held a Town Hall meeting Thursday night at Anderson County High School to address community concerns about safety on campus.
Officials assured parents that plans that they “hope they never have to use” are in place in case the unthinkable were to occur.
Eight School Resource Officers patrol the county schools, new cameras have recently been installed at both high schools–Clinton and Anderson County–and other measures like buzzer devices at entrances are also being looked at.
School officials have the ability to run a background check on any visitor who presents an ID using the so-called Raptor system. In addition, Anderson is one of a few school systems in East Tennessee that offers an anonymous online form to submit concerns, and officials say that building up relationships so that when students feel they need to speak up, they will feel comfortable doing so.
Anderson County is also one of only three Tennessee school districts that have received federal funding through Project AWARE, which provides $400,000 a year for counseling and staff training to help recognize the early warning signs of a potential security threat as well as students who might be at risk for depression and other mental illnesses.