School crime, safety concerns community

February 17, 2009 5:22:56 AM PST
Parents and their kids are brainstorming ideas to help make Enloe High School a safer place.The concern comes after several attacks on students and faculty on and near the school's campus in recent months.

A student was robbed at gunpoint near campus in December and another student reported being knocked down by two men, one of them armed.

In January, the school's assistant principal was attacked in the parking lot. No one was seriously injured and no arrests have been made, but securing the school is a priority.

"I've noticed a step up in security," student Christopher Leslie said.

"They certainly have bolstered the level of security here over the past month or so," parent Adrienne Lumpkin added.

And to continue the effort, dozens of concerned parents and students met at the school Monday night hoping to work up some new ways to spread the word on safety.

The parents and students broke into small groups to look at different areas of school safety.

"I'm really hoping this evening parents come out in some good numbers, and really roll up their sleeves and get involved," parent Adrienne Lumpkin said. Parents can actively get involved in issues like legislation, education, community involvement."

They are hoping that will keep criminals away and open the doors of discussion about violence for parents and their teens.

"As a parent what I want to do is make sure I'm communicating with my daughters," Lumpkin said. "I've got a senior that's going off to college next year so I want to make sure she is equipped with the tools to recognize if danger is in the midst."

And school officials say that's a continued effort, recently they installed and repositioned security cameras and added lighting to the campus.

Being proactive from not leaving things out in their vehicles or in the school building, just paying more attention to your surroundings," Enloe Principal Dr. Beth Cochran said.

There will likely be more bike patrols and a series of safety meeting.


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