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Conversation in Carmel brings community together

Posted at 8:35 AM, Aug 09, 2018

CARMEL, Ind. -- A community conversation hoped to bring students and parents at Carmel-Clay Schools together Wednesday night. 

Nicki McNally, a mother of four, went to learn more about the safety measures at her children's schools in Carmel. 

"Not just some stopgap solution, but what really works and what other school districts across the country are doing and we want to make sure we are doing the best thing that we can," she said. 

Administrators gave parents an idea of what's in place -- focusing on staff and student training in violence scenarios, mental health resources, and crisis prevention. 

One question from a parent was a request for more Carmel police school resource officers in every school. Right now, there are seven full-time resource officers. 

To add more officers, the Carmel chief pointed to a need for more funding.

A question about metal detectors was also asked, with 30 handheld wands coming. But police explained the drawbacks of the standing metal detectors. 

"We have a lot of ways to implement early intervention," Tammy Thornbury, the assistant director of special services, said. "Teachers, everyone in the district are the eyes and ears for 'Does something look different?'"

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