ONLY ON 12: Teacher concerned about school safety after gun found on campus

News 12 at 6 o' clock/ July 22, 2014

TALIAFERRO COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW)-- It's been four months since deputies say a student brought a gun on campus at Taliaferro County School and passed it around.

Taliaferro County has grades K-12 in one location making the incident even more frightening.

Since it's a year round school, kids are back from summer break now, but one teachers tells us he hasn't seen many changes to keep the school safe.

"For that to happen in the first place, that causes enough worry, but when it happens and nothing changes, that's when you really kind of start saying what's going on here? Why hasn't anything changed?" the teacher tells us.

He doesn't want to give his name because administrators warned teachers not to talk to the media or the community about the gun issue.

"There's teachers over there that don't feel secure safety wise because of the sheer fact that this happened and nothing has changed," he said.

Parents and teachers are worried, if a student could bring a gun onto campus once it could happen again, and next time it could be worse.

Pamela Moore is the mother of a Taliaferro County student.

"I'm hoping it won't happen again, but it needs to be addressed. They need to make sure our kids are safe, simple as that," she said.

Back in March, the Superintendent told us in an interview, an active shooter drill was planned for the day the gun was brought onto campus. That drill was cancelled, but we were told it would be rescheduled. Four months later though, and stil, no drill. The teacher on the inside tells us the only thing the school has done is email teachers a copy of the school safety plan.

"In my opinion, if you say something is going to happen, you need to follow through especially something as serious as student safety," he said.

The Sheriff's Office says six or seven months ago, they gave school leaders suggestions to make campus safer in case of a shooting.

"We walked through the school and looked and there was a couple areas we felt were at risk," Deputy Marcy Remson with the Taliaferro County Sheriff's Office said.

He isn't sure if the school followed up on the suggestions, and as for help with the drills, we asked if deputies had been requested to help with any since the student allegedly brought the gun in. He says no.

Neither the superintendent nor the principal wanted to go on camera, but they say safety is their number one priority, and they plan to have drills in the future.


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