BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - As law enforcement continues to investigate the school shooting that claimed the lives of at least 10 people in Sante Fe, TX, schools in our area want to assure parents their top priority is to keep your kids safe.
If you'll remember, after the Parkland, FL shooting, dozens of threats circulated local school systems in the area. We met with the Beaufort County School System Friday, who says they are fully equipped. The school district had one of the largest amounts of school threats in our area - all resulting in false alarms. Since then, the school has implemented the P3TIPS app - an anonymous app that allows parents and students to report suspicious activity. The school system tells us this has helped tremendously as far as producing more accurate reports and streamlined communication. The school says the most important thing kids can do in this last stretch of school is remember their policy of 'see something, say something.'
"We have full time armed, uniformed law enforcement officers at every middle school and every high school in the district," said Jim Foster, Spokesperson, Beaufort County Schools. "Also, our Board of Education has included in the budget for next year security upgrades to cameras, and security upgrades to radios."
The school also increased their lockdown practice drills from one each year to three starting next school year. We caught up with Beaufort Sheriff P.J. Tanner, who says they actually take the investigations that come out of shootings like Parkland, and the one in Santa Fe, to help them learn and prevent similar situations from happening around here.