Holly Springs, North Carolina — School safety is a priority for the principals and the Holly Springs police. On Thursday, dozens of parents joined the city’s police chief and school resource officers for an overview of school safety protocols and procedures, following the deadly shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and other threats to Wake County schools in recent weeks.
When the school shooting happened in Texas that killed 19 children and two teachers, law enforcement said many concerned parents contacted them to ask what was being done to prevent a similar tragedy in Holly Springs.
Thursday night was an opportunity for the chief and other law enforcement to answer those questions in person.
“The threat is real and it’s everywhere,” mother Shondalyn Robertson said.
Robertson was one of more than 60 parents who came to hear from local law enforcement in Holly Springs and their approach to keeping children safe in schools.
“How are they going to be willing to protect my children?” What else can I do as a parent with young children?” asked Richardson.
Questions came left and right from parents wanting to know how police would respond to an active threat similar to what happened in Texas last month.
Holly Springs Police Chief Paul Liquorie hammered home a few talking points, including the strong partnership between the school system and police and the work being done behind the scenes.
“We will continue our training – not just with our school resource officers, but all of our officers and other first responders so that we are prepared in the event of a crisis similar to the one that occurred in Uvalde, Texas,” said Liquorie.
Wake County Board of Education Chair Lindsay Mahaffe was also in attendance.
Mahaffee said officials are reviewing the operations of each facility in school systems and what safety measures can be improved.
“We are always reviewing our security measures,” she said. “We always carry out an annual audit of each of our buildings.”
Parents, like Robertson, said they left Thursday night’s meeting with some peace of mind for their children.
“I was happy to know that they had officers at most of their schools here in Holly Springs and they had extra support as well,” Robertson said.
During Thursday evening’s meeting, there was also talk about the importance of speaking up or reporting something that looks suspicious. Law enforcement stressed during the meeting that most acts can be avoided.