PRESCOTT, Ark. – As parents head into Prescott High School Wednesday night, school safety is top of mind.
“We really need their help,” says Prescott Public Schools Superintendent Robert Poole.
Although police have not said what led up to Monday’s hallway shooting that injured an eighth grader, bullying was the big topic of conversation.
“We didn’t get any clarity as to what would be done about the bullying,” says parent Alicia Page.
Page has several kids in the Prescott school system, including two 12th graders, an eighth grader and fifth grader.
She says some students are scared they’ll be labeled a snitch if they report bullying.
Poole promised a new anonymous tip line within a week for students and parents to report bullying.
“I know that there are many students that would like to tell certain things but because of them telling it leaks back out,” says Page.
Some parents brought up the idea of metal detectors.
“We are so open-campus here and we have so many open doors so there’s a lot of other issues that must be picked first,” says Poole.
The Superintendent says the district needs better communication with parents, students and teachers during lockdown situations.
“The only way I knew about a lockdown is because my child snuck and called her father to tell him, hey we are on lockdown because there has been a shooting,” says Page.
Poole says there are two school resource officers and the district is in the process of adding an additional school resource officer.
Some parents started arguing when someone brought up the idea of arming teachers.
The district is in the process of purchasing two-way radios that will be used amongst some school staff.
As parents head home to their kids, Page wonders about the usually unlocked school doors and if any changes will be made.
“Until this incident happened there really has never been somewhat of a concern,” says Page.