SHELBY COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) – The recent violent attacks at schools across the country are the catalysts behind one Shelby County father’s drive to keep officers and deputies walking the halls of local schools.
Mike Echols says the tragedy in Sandy Hook started the ball rolling. But when a gunman took over Chelsea Middle School a couple of months later he knew he had to do something. That something was “Communities for Safer Schools.” The organization wants to raise $2 million dollars to fund extra security in all Shelby Co. schools.
Echols wants the parents of every student in the system to donate $80 to the cause. The money would be managed by the Shelby County Commission. With a couple of requirements. First, the money must be earmarked for resource officers. And second, the money must be given to the Sheriff’s office in addition to it’s regular funding.
Most parents say it’s not a bad idea. But there are a few questions that need to be answered. One father wants to know if the schools in the jurisdiction of other agencies will recieve any of those funds. And one mom wonders how the commission will manage the funds after they’re raised.
There is a bill currently in the Alabama legislature that would issue $50 million in bonds to fund more resource officers in all state schools.