Local parents raise concerns about students’ school safety

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 @ 12:26 PM

Parents focusing on safety as school year begins

As more than a dozen schools in the Miami Valley headed back to school Wednesday, parents are raising concerns about their children’s safety.

News Center 7’s Kayla Courvell spoke with one Centerville parent about security surrounding the school year.

Monique Williams is finding ways to educate her child at home, saying she told her 13-year-old son Michael how to react if an active shooter were to enter his school.

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She also sends him to school with a cell phone in case of an emergency.

“I’m scared for him,” she said. “We got to keep living our life, we can’t live in fear all the time, but with what just happened in Dayton, I’m scared.”

The Oregon District shooting has many parents worried about their children.

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“I’m petrified cause I have to trust that my son is going to get to school and be safe,” Williams said. 

Centerville has added an additional security resource officer this year, which brings Williams some comfort.

“I feel like we live in a very safe community, but anything can happen,” she said. “At the end of the day, I just want to see my baby get off the bus and come home.”