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Brown Co officials exploring school safety options
05/26/2022

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant

(KNZA)--Brown County officials are exploring school safety options in the wake of the devastating school shooting in Texas on Tuesday.

19 fourth-grade students and two teachers were killed in the shooting.

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant, in a release Wednesday, said its very hard to comprehend as to why anyone would want to harm small children and teachers who are utterly defenseless.

“We are at the point where we have to be vigilant on providing protection for our own schools,” Merchant said.

Merchant said options are currently being weighed in the county that would enable a certified law enforcement officer to be present in schools while classes are in session - as well as addressing other safety concerns that could arise.

Merchant said he has had many Brown Co. residents express valid concerns about the safety of children at school and they have not fallen on deaf ears. He said County Commissioner Richard Lehmkuhl has contacted local and state law enforcement officials, as well as school officials, to create a plan to better protect students and staff.

“We are at a point where all entities are coming together to make sure adequate funding is secured to provide safety measures for our children,” he said. “Children should not be afraid of going to school. We owe students and staff a safe environment where they can focus on learning.”

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