Resource officer discusses plan to keep schools safe

Keeping the students safe is on the top of Corporal Richard Lane's to-do list. (WCHS/WVAH)

Violence in schools seems to be more common nowadays.

As students head back to school to start another year, Eyewitness News wanted to know what schools are doing to keep students safe.

The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Office said it has resource officers in several schools.

The beginning of the new school year will be the start of Cpl. Richard Lane's ninth year as the school resource officer at Riverside High School.

Keeping the students safe is on the top of his to-do list.

"Nowadays, it's unfortunate that our society is a little bit more of a violent society," Lane said. "That's why we're here, just to make sure the students are feeling safe and the parents have that in the back of their minds that their student is safe.

Lane said his day starts around 6:30 a.m. greeting students as they walk in the doors and hopefully keeping the bad guys out.

"Usually, the cruiser out front is a deterrent. We like to call it a deterrent from any kind of bad things that come in from the school. Hopefully, they're thinking twice about coming into the school because they know that there is a law enforcement officer in the school," he said.

Lane's day continues by checking to make sure doors are locked, checking bathrooms and classrooms to make sure they are safe and answering students’ and parents’ questions.

"Like I tell some of the students who come in here and tell me, 'I can't believe you don't know this,' or some of the parents, 'I can't believe you don't know this,' well, we don't have crystal balls in our desks to pull out every day. You have to come to us, too,” Lane said.

In a school of about 1,000 students, Lane said the biggest issues he sees are with bullying and drugs.

"I mean there's drugs here at this school also - drugs everywhere. That's the problem with our society nowadays are drugs, and unfortunately it is in our school. Us as law enforcement officers are trying to do our best to keep it out of the school," he said.

Lane said the school also takes part in Alice Training, which is a lockdown drill for students to learn what to do if someone unwanted comes into the building.

Lane wants to remind drivers that the sheriff's office, police departments and ambulances will be running their emergency lights at several intersections around Kanawha County schools.

This is to remind drivers to slow down and watch out for kids crossing the roads.

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