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Asked of teachers and students at Hellgate High School

The school resource officer has been at Hellgate one year this week. What are your impressions of the SRO program so far?

Shannon Bernard

Senior

"I definitely feel a lot safer knowing there’s someone walking around the school with a gun

all the time."

Kia Liszak

Flagship Program Coordinator

"It would be good in a perfect world if we didn’t need any police officers in school, but if it makes the students and staff feel more safe, it’s good to have a police officer here. "

Nick Simmert

Sophomore

"I don’t really like it because when it became a full-time position, (the program) changed. Kids are getting tickets for everything now."

Lynsie Tucker

Junior

"I understand the need to keep the school safe, but I think having cops on the corners trying to give us tickets all the time is a violation of our rights."

Rhiannon Seman

Freshman

"I think it’s OK … I don’t really worry about it because I don’t really do things to get in trouble at school."

Matt Pittman

Sophomore

"The program hasn’t really affected me. It might create more awareness, but I don’t think it can control everybody."

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