Over a dozen school superintendents from around the First Congressional district met Monday in Jesup, GA with Congressman Buddy Carter on how to make schools safer since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, FL which killed 17 people.
In the last several weeks, there have been some reported threats at several local schools in the area.
The main conclusion from the meeting included a need for more school resource officers as well as a need to make school facilities safer. School leadership teams from 14 counties attended the meeting.
The discussion to arm school teachers was also part of the conversation, but some school leaders did not support this measure at this point. However, Congressman Carter suggested that President Trump is looking at all options.
Carter stated that more federal support is needed to secure schools and provide lower student-counselor ratio at schools by adding more counselors in the school to assist with mental health.
Currently, school counselors are not certified to assist with mental health issues, but only for the academic needs of students. For school counselors to be considered agents to assist with mental health concerns, they must have a state license in that area, and their job responsibilities would need to be realigned at the state level.
Area leaders included school and police officials from Glynn County Schools, Liberty County Schools, and Chatham County Schools.