Knox County officials discuss how to check, enhance school secur

Knox County officials discuss how to check, enhance school security


6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County leaders held an open meeting on school security Friday afternoon that was originally planned to meet behind close doors.

The meeting had been set for Tuesday, but Mayor Tim Burchett said he wouldn't take part if it was not open to the public.   

The issue has been a focus for county school and government leaders since problems surfaced with the security systems installed at Hardin Valley Academy and Powell Middle School.

Officials discussed the timeline of events at these two schools, and then they spoke about the bigger picture.

Knox County Sheriff J. J. Jones discussed how placing armed officers at every school in the county would make them safer.

"Now how do we make the other schools safer? Number one, we put an armed officer with communications directly to a dispatch to be able to call for help when an incident occurs.  Then, all these other things are great, they are icing on the cake."

One of the main proposals at tonight's meeting was to do a random audit of five or six county schools to see how secure they are.


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