Earlier this year, PJHS and PHS were locked down over a suspicious note.
I remember watching emotional videos from scared students as they were being transported across the street and seeing posts from parents worried sick about their children. Paragould Police were there securing the building.
In 2015, a man drove his truck on the campus of ASU with a shotgun, a can of gasoline, and a propane tank. Jonesboro Police talked the man into surrendering. Luckily, nobody was harmed in these situations but we weren't so lucky in 1998 when the unthinkable happened at Westside Middle School.
While these are close to home we've seen tragedy strike schools in this country way too often but if you look at how they end you'll see who ends them or stops them from happening and you'll see who runs to the danger while students run to safety.
I know it seems like ages since our kids were in school but think about who protects them when they are there, think about how many situations are stopped by someone seeing a cop car on campus, and think about the times your children talked about the SRO they love and admire. My children love Officer Bunch!
Television's children host Mr. Rogers said his mother responded to scary news by telling him, 'Look for the helpers.' Helpers protect our schools and helpers ran into buildings on 9/11. America isn't perfect, I sure wish it was, but never forget to look for helpers.
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