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Hannibal School Board holds public meeting on school security

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

In response to the Newtown school shooting, the Hannibal School Board held an open meeting Wednesday night to invite parents to share their concerns on safety measures in the Hannibal School District.

Parents had a lot of questions for the Hannibal School Board on what else the district can do to make sure students are as safe as possible.  Ideas ranged from arming teachers to getting metal detectors.  This issue brought Max Capp to his first school board meeting, and it probably won't be his last.

"Yeah, I'm going to definitely be involved. As parents we all need to be involved. I speak with Jill Janes personally and I told her I'd be glad to be on the committee with the parents for safety and security," Capp said.  

 Parent Sarah Hathaway also attended the meeting,  and while she feels better about openly talking with the school board, she said it's still a battle to send her daughter to school. 

 "Friday was really hard and I hope we can move in the right direction and keep our kids as safe as possible.  I'm not as worried as I was, but there's still that concern." 

 Board President David Jackson said he wanted to have this open discussion on what schools can do to better protect students, he also wants to make sure they don't make any quick decisions. 

 "I'm sure there's going to be a lot that comes out across the nation and different ideas and probably from different law enforcement agencies. And we need to see what are the best ideas coming out.  I don't think we need to make any rapid changes because I think we have a pretty good program in place," Jackson said. 

Jackson also said parents need to keep an open line of communication with their kids, so if something suspicious is happening, they'll be aware of it.  

 

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