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It's a relief for parents who worry about their children's safety every time they walk out the door.
"You think about it every day," said Donna James. "Especially since it's been in the news so much."
James is a Wilson County parent who dropped off her child at school Wednesday morning, confident for the first time, there would be a full-time school resource officer inside.
"I feel comfortable with them being here," James said. "I feel better about their safety knowing officers are in the building with them."
"When parents drop their kids off at school or when they get on the bus we want to make sure the number one thing they're concerned with is to get an education," said Sgt. Scott Moore, a school resource officer. "Not to worry about their safety and welfare of their child each and every day."
Moore said the Wilson County SRO program has been in effect for 18 years with officers rotating between the county s 25 schools.
The county had previously considered putting officers in every school, Moore said, but the shooting in Newtown, CT, in which 20 children were killed convinced them the time was right.
"I was in my patrol car when I first found out," Moore said. "I got two kids. I've got a 12-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy. When I first found out about it, it hit home and it s something that I think it hit everybody in the country."
School security is the SROs' top priority, but they also teach kids about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
"We go inside of the classroom, interact with the kids every single day," Moore said.
SROs are also role models and mentors. Moore says students are sometimes more comfortable coming to the officers for advice.
"We got students hugging on the SRO," Moore said. "They're hanking them for being there."
The new SROs are being paid for by a partnership between the school district and the County Commission.
When asked if they'd be willing to pay more taxes to keep them there, the parents Fox 17 spoke with Wednesday said they absolutely would.
Wednesday, February 6 2013, 10:19 PM CST
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Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
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