MOBILE COUNTY, Alabama (WKRG) – A shooting at a Texas primary school has sparked reactions across the country. The shooting prompted some members of the Mobile County Public School Board to ask employees to look for other ways to make sure their students were safe.
The Mobile County School Board met Wednesday morning, beginning its regular meeting with prayer and reflection on 21 families whose lives have been changed forever.
“It’s a terrible thing and it seems to happen too often,” said Don Stringfellow, a member of the Mobile County School Board, during their meeting.
Another school shooting, in primary school.
“Our hearts are broken for the people of Texas and for what happened. I say this as a school employee and as a mother, “said Rena Phillips, a spokeswoman for the Mobile County Public School System.
21 people were killed at Rob Elementary School in Uwalde, Texas. This latest shooting has prompted at least one member of Mobile County’s school board to rethink something he has opposed in the past.
“At one time, about 4-5 years ago, I objected to the armament of our school staff, so I will ask the superintendent to contact our resource director and devise a policy or procedure to consider arming our staff. I think we are right now when we need to take all the necessary resources – as safely as possible to prepare our staff for such an attack, “said school board member Dr. Reginald Crenshaw during the meeting.
Several other members agreed to this request during the meeting. The school system says safety is a priority for the district.
“We really have the most high-tech systems currently available in our school system. We have door locks, cameras and all that. “We do our best every day to protect our children,” said Philips.
The school system asks students and teachers to remember “if you see something, say something.”
“We make safety a priority and we do everything we can every day to prevent such things. It’s just so heartbreaking, “Phillips said.
The head of public schools in Baldwin County sent a response to the shooting to the parents.