Campbell County adds additional deputies to schools

Campbell County adds additional deputies to schools

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All twelve schools in Campbell County had a law enforcement presence Monday. All twelve schools in Campbell County had a law enforcement presence Monday.
"We wanted to make sure everyone knew we are there and we wanted them to be able to come to school today to feel comfortable," said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins. "We wanted to make sure everyone knew we are there and we wanted them to be able to come to school today to feel comfortable," said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

JACKSBORO (WATE) - After a shooting at a Connecticut elementary schools left 20 young students dead, Campbell County law enforcement is stepping up its presence at county schools.

Teachers and students in Campbell County know the devastation of a school shooting. Back in 2005, a principal was killed and two others wounded after a shooting a Campbell County High School.

Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins wanted to make sure no students in his county felt unsafe coming to school Monday.

On Sunday night, this statement was released on Facebook:

"At around 5:30pm (Sunday) Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins gave orders for increased law enforcement presence in schools across Campbell County who do not currently have school resource officers assigned to them."

All twelve schools in Campbell County had a law enforcement presence Monday.
  
"We wanted to make sure everyone knew we are there and we wanted them to be able to come to school today to feel comfortable," said Sheriff Goins.

Sheriff Goins says the increased security will stay in place for the foreseeable future. He is not sure when it will stop.

"We don't know," he said. "We may do it forever. I don't know. I don't know if things will go back to the way they were. Money is not an issue for me. I don't care how much it costs."

School officials say they are also doing their best to keep their schools safe.

On Monday, $35,000 worth of new surveillance cameras arrived at the school board office. These cameras will be put in the front and back of every school bus in the county.

Making sure security plans are ready is one of their top priorities.

"We constantly update those, look at them, see if our plans are working" said Assistant Director of Schools Larry Nidiffer. "We are looking for input at all times from all agencies to make our school systems safety better."

They will also be replacing surveillance systems at both of the high schools.

"We've already experienced a bad situation," said Sheriff Goins. "I think Campbell County has learned and grown from it."

School officials also went to every school in the county Monday morning to make sure everyone was following correct security guidelines.

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