Hillsborough County Schools debate school security

TAMPA - The video shown to Hillsborough County School board members begins with a flashback of numerous mass shootings in American schools.

It's called "Active Shooters" and it's intended to remind and inspire officers and administrators to ask themselves "when it happens again, what will you do?"

Cpl. Jared Doud with the Tampa Police Department asked them, "are we taking the same and as many efforts to protect our most precious commodity: our children? The one thing that we can't replace?"

The Hillsborough School board asked Tampa Police and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department to show what can and is being done.

As it stands, 26 schools have Tampa Police officers and 47 armed deputies.

To take the lesson further, they say more education is needed.

"Are we training or preparing accordingly for something that we know is going to happen, versus something like fires where we haven't lost anybody but we're still very prepared?" Cpl. Doud asked.

They also stressed that schools might need to have armed people present to shut down an active situation, but it's a discussion that's still raw for some board members.

"You know I think that's a lot of discussion and I don't want to get into that today. But it's a form of principle in a time which we were living which is very different form one in which we're living now," board member Doretha Edgecomb said.

But they realize something needs to be done sooner than later.

Candy Olson, another board member said, "How can we put more supports in the form of training and services to reach these kids before they ever get to this point?"

Next week another security workshop will be held on the same security topic, with a  focus on a new security report that's expected.
 

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