"I don't have anything definitive yet … but there have been some very serious conversations at that level about that," Madison County Schools Superintendent Mitch McGhee said.
"But for me to tell you that it's imminent would not be true."
This isn't a new idea.
In fact, McGhee
said school leaders have discussed this for two or three years now, but funding has been an issue.
"Given the economic times we're in, we could not do that," McGhee
"I'm sure the principal would give him specific duties," McGhee
"The reason he
wasn't armed was that he
might be breaking up a fight, and when you're breaking up a fight with a bunch of kids, it would be fairly easy to grab that weapon," McGhee
The discussion of an SRO isn't an indication that MCHS
has discipline problems or that the officer would necessarily make the school safer.
"We had put in for grants in the past, years ago, for a school resource officer, and were told that we we're not bad enough," McGhee
"We were told we did not have enough serious discipline.
Which is a good thing."
In Madison County High School's case, McGhee said having an officer in the school is more about perception.
"We will be able to deal with some particular incidents a little quicker," he
"It's a perception.