Shooting Prompts Extra Security At Three Huntsville City Schools

Posted on: 6:02 pm, January 8, 2013, by

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Security is top of mind for school leaders in Huntsville. Students and teachers at three of the city’s schools are seeing heightened security.

Drivers might have to squint their eyes to see it. Parents will know when they pull onto school property.

“When I bring him in the morning, I notice police cars here and in the afternoons there are several police cars around,” said Parent Cheryl Neville.

More police officers are on the campuses of Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary, Hampton Cove Elementary and Hampton Cove Middle Schools. Each of the schools have added security measures at their doors.

“I think it is a good with all of the violence going on up in Connecticut and other places around here. Everyone will feel safe,” said Parent Ben Reynolds.

Parents noticed the increased security presence started Monday. Huntsville Police found a man shot dead outside a home not far from Goldsmith-Schiffman Elementary three days prior.

“In light of some of the recent events that happened, I think it is a good idea. I think some of the children feel a little more comfort with it. My child is just in the first grade, so is not aware of everything that is going on,” added Neville.

The school district made the changes to keep everyone safe from anything some may feel is a threat.

The parent of a first-grader knows the change is more specific.

“I knew right away. We got a recording from Huntsville City Schools. There was a message on my answering machine when I got home letting us know ahead of time,” added Neville.