Arab, Ala (WAAY)-Because of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school, many schools are improving security.
Arab schools in Marshall County are making changes to increase student safety. And it was noticeable thursday, on the first day back from Christmas break for students at Arab Junior High. All four Arab city schools now have school resource officers.
Joanna Hazel has two granddaughters who are students at Arab Junior high and is thankful for more security. "I was glad to hear it and I am glad they are doing because after the Sandy Hook shooting I feel safer with my two granddaughters at this school" Hazel said.
Having more security is going over well with students. Mark Washington is a seventh grade student. "Sandy Hook was terrible, but having the officer here and seeing him walk down the halls gives us a sense of security at school" Washington said.
Before the stepped up security only one officer patrolled the buildings. But administrators met with police and decided to use off duty officers. The school system is paying the 22 thousand dollar per year salaries for the new officers.