Superintendent, law enforcement detail safety measures at school

Superintendent, law enforcement detail safety measures at Knox Co. schools

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"I go back and forth between sadness and resolve to make sure that we do everything in our power to make sure our kids are safe," Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre said. "I go back and forth between sadness and resolve to make sure that we do everything in our power to make sure our kids are safe," Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre said.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre, Knox County Sheriff Jimmy J.J. Jones and Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch held a joint news conference Monday to talk about safety measures at area schools.

The uniformed police officers and marked patrol car outside local elementary schools Monday was intentional.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office and Knoxville Police Department said while they are not adding officers to schools in the wake of the Connecticut shooting, they want the officers they always have on duty to make their presence known.

At the news conference, Dr. McIntyre addressed the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, not just as a superintendent, but as a father of two school-aged boys.

"I go back and forth between sadness and resolve to make sure that we do everything in our power to make sure our kids are safe," Dr. McIntyre said.

He listed some of the ways the district does that, with random searches for dangerous weapons at middle and high schools, an anonymous text tip line and school resource officers in all middle and high schools and some elementary schools.

There are also plans for more video monitoring, classroom doors that lock from the inside and secure front offices.

"Part of what we want to do this week is really reassure our parents and our community that we really focus on student safety and school security every single day," Dr. McIntyre said.

He says school security staff work continuously with the local police department and sheriff's office.

"We committed this week to have a high visibility around our elementary school just to help the parents to understand that we're paying attention and we are concerned. But security of the school is still as secure as it was last week," he said. "Just because the parents don't see an officer or don't see a marked police car there, doesn't mean there's not an officer there."

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