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It's a relief for parents who worry about their children's safety every time they walk out the door.
"You think about it every day," said Donna James. "Especially since it's been in the news so much."
James is a Wilson County parent who dropped off her child at school Wednesday morning, confident for the first time, there would be a full-time school resource officer inside.
"I feel comfortable with them being here," James said. "I feel better about their safety knowing officers are in the building with them."
"When parents drop their kids off at school or when they get on the bus we want to make sure the number one thing they're concerned with is to get an education," said Sgt. Scott Moore, a school resource officer. "Not to worry about their safety and welfare of their child each and every day."
Moore said the Wilson County SRO program has been in effect for 18 years with officers rotating between the county s 25 schools.
The county had previously considered putting officers in every school, Moore said, but the shooting in Newtown, CT, in which 20 children were killed convinced them the time was right.
"I was in my patrol car when I first found out," Moore said. "I got two kids. I've got a 12-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy. When I first found out about it, it hit home and it s something that I think it hit everybody in the country."
School security is the SROs' top priority, but they also teach kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
"We go inside of the classroom, interact with the kids every single day," Moore said.
SROs are also role models and mentors. Moore says students are sometimes more comfortable coming to the officers for advice.
"We got students hugging on the SRO," Moore said. "They're hanking them for being there."
The new SROs are being paid for by a partnership between the school district and the County Commission.
When asked if they'd be willing to pay more taxes to keep them there, the parents Fox 17 spoke with Wednesday said they absolutely would.
Wednesday, February 6 2013, 10:19 PM CST
Former Dyer County constable sentenced to prison
May 23, 2013 12:50 GMT
DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Dyer County Constable Derick Shane Hundley has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.
The State Gazette (http://bit.ly/14UHydd ) reported Hundley was sentenced Monday after earlier entering a guilty plea to enticement of a minor through electronic means. The government dropped a child pornography count.
Prosecutors said Hundley, who is 30, used a cellphone to try to entice a minor female to have sex with him. Police arrested Hundley last July and found an external hard drive that contained numerous images of minors involved in sex. He resigned from the constable post he had won in 2010 after his arrest.
Information from: State Gazette, http://www.stategazette.com
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