Beaufort Co. school principal explains how the district is taking safety measures

BEAUFORT COUNTY, SC (WTOC) – The Beaufort County Schools Superintendent has joined local law enforcement to address school safety following Tuesday’s tragedy in Texas.

Superintendent Dr. Frank Rodriguez wants parents to know that in Beaufort County there is a constant conversation between the district and law enforcement about how to keep children safe.

“We are always reviewing different security measures which we modify and adjust. We are still in communication with our law enforcement partners. We are reviewing our own internal security systems and in doing so we will make these changes,” said Dr. Frank Rodriguez, Superintendent, Beaufort County.

He says they cannot discuss those details for security reasons. The Sheriff also spoke, explaining the work done on their end to prepare for the unimaginable.

“Active shooter training is one of the things we do on a repetitive basis and it’s extremely important. We always train for the worst-case scenario,” Beaufort County Sheriff PJ Tanner said.

The superintendent says stopping that from happening here starts with mental health services, a priority for the district.

“The best thing we can always try to do is prevent something like this from happening in the first place with the support and services that individuals might need.”

Superintendent Rodriguez, speaking there from a unique perspective as he was the superintendent just a district above Parkland, Florida when that shooting happened in 2018.

He says schools in Beaufort County have School Resource Officers and can look at adding 2 each year.

Speakers on Tuesday said they would seek to make all possible improvements, with the goal of keeping children safe being the top priority.

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