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Palmyra School District to consider adding more safety measures

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PALMYRA, Mo. (WGEM) -

Would you feel better as a parent if police were patrolling the halls of your child's school?
That's one of the ideas the Palmyra school district is considering as it looks at ways to beef up security.  

Palmyra is considering putting police substations in every school.  While nothing is official yet, superintendent Eric Churchwell said if the school can afford it, he's in favor of it.

"We're a small community and everybody knows everybody and just having law enforcement officers in the building being seen can't hurt," Churchwell said.  

Superintendent Eric Churchwell said having police in the schools can only help protect students, but he's still unsure how long officers would use the school substations.
  
"They may use it an hour a week they may use it 10 hours a week.  But if we can have a place in each building where knew they could go and catch up on some of their paperwork that's what the thought was," he said.  

Police Chief Eddie Bogue said he's in favor of the idea, and hopes the presence of law enforcement will keep everyone inside the schools safe.  

"Hopefully that'll be a deterrent.  If we have somebody that decides they want to come in and do violence in a school. Seeing a police car will hopefully be a deterrent for that person to not come in and take any violent action," Bogue said.  

Chief Bogue admits there's no 100% guarantee a police presence can prevent all violence, but he says officers can be prepared for any situation...with the goal of keeping your kids safe.  It may not be much longer before these students are walking the halls with a police officer close by.

"Depending on what needs to be done, do I think we can get it done? Yes I think we can get it done this school year," Chuchwell said.

Other ideas discussed at the meeting was to improve the alarm system in the schools as well as building designs.  
 

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