JASPER, Ala. (WIAT) — There have been hundreds of mass shootings so far this year. Jasper High School is taking serious steps to ensure their school is not added to the statistics.
Jasper City Police have introduced school protection officers into the high school. While school resource officers work to get to know students, protection officers do not. Their goal is strictly to protect students and shut down threats as soon as one is identified.
“They’re highly trained. They train regularly. They’re trained in advanced skills; special weapons and tactics just like other SWAT teams in other jurisdictions.”Assistant Chief Paul Tucker; Jasper Police Department
The police department has created a rotation schedule for school protection officers, eliminating the need for additional hires. The department does not have to budget for more officers, and it allows more of its staff to familiarize themselves with the school layouts.
That isn’t the only change Jasper High School is welcoming to improve safety. All Jasper city school teachers recently received training on an app called CrisisGo. It helps teachers communicate with administrators and parents in instances of emergency. The app can also be used for students to anonymously submit concerns of bullying.
“I’ve already had an incident of bullying reported,” said Jonathan Allen, the Jasper High School principal. “It allowed me to respond to an anonymous report and respond quickly and effectively so the student’s needs and safety was insured.”
The app is also free to download for teachers and parents through the app store.
Fortunately, no serious threats have occurred at any Jasper City Schools.