KALISPELL — Flathead's Bigfork High School has its first school resource officer in 11 years.
KTVM-TV reports Friday that the position was filled at the urging of law enforcement and reflects common concerns over school safety, bullying and other issues facing students.
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Resource Officer Paula Sullivan says she's working with students on the risks of vaping and the consequences of cyberbullying - issues confronting schools across the nation.
Sullivan — herself a Bigfork High graduate — says her presence also adds an element of security to the campus.
Flathead County Sheriff Brian Heino lobbied for the position, which is being funded by the Flathead Co-op and the county.