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School security at GCT passes unexpected test

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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) -

Security measures at Greene County Tech Intermediate were put to the test Friday afternoon.

According to a police report, an "unidentified man" walked into the Intermediate School office, signed a check-out sheet and told a young girl it was "time to go."

The man claimed to be the girl's brother but according to GCT, he wasn't listed to pick her up and didn't have his ID on him.

The man, Anton Passard II, was later identified as the girl's brother but not before officers had to get physical with him, threaten to use a Taser on him and then arrest him.

"People don't realize how serious we are in the school business about taking care of our kids," GCT Assistant Superintendent Gene Weeks said.

"You have to prove who you are and if you're not able to do that, then you're not going to be able to leave with a child," Weeks told Region 8 News.

According to an incident report from the Greene County Sheriff's Department, multiple school employees tried to stop Passard as he continued to walk outside with the girl.

"Every once in a while, people don't want to follow rules and they have to pay the consequences," Weeks said.

According to the report, when the school resource officer caught up with the Passard, he was walking down the car line and had the girl around the neck. An attempt to stop him turned physical.

"It'll escalate pretty quick if you don't follow procedure and you don't listen to the people in charge," Weeks said.

Passard finally stopped fighting after a second SRO threatened to use a Taser on him.

Passard told officers he and his mother were waiting in the car line. When they feared the girl was worried they weren't coming, Passard got out of the vehicle and went to get her.

Regardless, Passard was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Weeks said there are no hard feelings but when it comes to children at school, safety is the utmost importance.

"We're gonna protect those kids at all cost," Weeks said. "You don't just ring the bell and turn 3,500 kids loose. Those procedures work 179 days and we can't have a failure."

Greene County Tech has two school resource officers. Weeks said there have been talks to bring in a third officer but finances have kept them from doing so at this time.

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