Nearly 200 people attended a safety and security forum at Hermitage High School in Henrico Thursday, to discuss what school officials and police are doing to help keep students safe.
"We love these kids as much as we love our own," said Henrico Police Chief Douglas Middleton.
Many parents learned that periodically officers train in the hallways of real Henrico public schools of what to do in case a shooter enters the school.
There's not only the training, but new equipment and dozens of security resource officers in schools grades K-12.
This meeting was much more than letting parents know fire drills are conducted every so often.
Officials talked about bumped up patrols around schools and efforts to get more funding through grants.
These are things they need to know, and we often times don't realize that parent don't know everything that's going on," said Middleton.
Parents welcomed the detailed information. When asked if they found the forum useful, many parents said yes.
"Especially knowing that we're doing more than other counties, and cities around the US, very much so," said Nancy Chazen, PTA president of Colonial Trails Elementary School.
"Our school is operated very well, as far as security goes, I don't see a lot of entry points for people to get in, they do a good job of making sure the right people are in there and not the wrong people and I think that's a great thing," said Nancy Woods.
Of course anything can happen at any time. The bottom line: to make sure parents know the schools and police are doing everything they possibly can.
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