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Tuscaloosa law enforcement preparing for school safety seminar

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT)-Law enforcement and local schools in Tuscaloosa are preparing for a school safety seminar.  The event is next week, but Thursday morning members of Law enforcement were talking about why this is important.

Many teachers and school administrators like Andrea Hamner are looking forward to attending the school safety seminar.  Hamner is the principal at Huntington Elementary school in Northport.

"I think its important to have summits because it helps up keep current with information with researchers to see what we can do to prevent those types of things from happening in our schools" Hamner said.

The Tuscaloosa County District Attorneys office is sponsoring the seminar on Wednesday, July 18 at the River Market.  Nationally known school safety expert Phil Chalmers is the speaker. DA Hays Webb says all city and county schools and law enforcement are invited.

"We believe as law enforcement that our primary role is keeping the people of our county as safe as possible And paramount is the safety of our children is paramount and them in the schools they attend" Webb said.

Phil Chalmers will talk about school shootings, mass murder and the warning signs.  Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy says protecting kids in school is critical. Abernathy met with Hays Webb along with Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson and Northport chief Gerald Burton Thursday morning.

"Everybody knows our greatest asset in the community is our children, and its important that we work
together to protect them" Abernathy said.

Andrea Hamner says she looks forward to the safety seminar.

"And so with us we are trying to develop relationships with our students and I feel like if you know your children then your able to act and be able to do some things to maybe possibly prevent students being involved in any kind of potential dangerous situation of violence ".

Hamner says her staff at Huntington Elementary school trains four times a year for active shooters
situations.


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