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Police Providing Security Support to Paris Schools

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Local police are providing security for schools in the Paris Special School District while administrators review and update safety plans. PSSD Director Mike Brown says Paris Police and Henry County Sheriff officers will be in each of the three schools in the district.

“That will give us some immediate help while we take more time to look at a long term strategy of what would be the best way to provide more safety and security for our students.”

Brown says the new security measures are being implemented in response to the Newtown, Connecticut shooting and not due to any threat to the schools. He says having officers at the schools full time may not be part of the long term plans. Brown says a local school safety forum is planned for January 11th. He says school officials are also consulting a school safety expert and are participating in a statewide forum sponsored by the Department of Education at the end of the month.

Shelly Baskin works in MSU's Office of Regional Outreach and is a graduate student in Occupational Safety and Health. A roustabout from Memphis, Tennessee, Shelly first found his way into WKMS through the newsroom back in 2011 through luck, charm and force of will. Though he left news for another position, he still enjoys working on independent radio projects and volunteering for the station. He’s an avid disc golfer and occasional real golfer and is terrible at both. A lover of all things musical, Shelly is always ready to hear something new and unique.
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