Members of law enforcement sacrifice day off to protect school

PIGGOTT, AR (KAIT) - Many Piggott police officers and Clay County sheriff's deputies are spending some of their time off at school.

After recent school threats, the Piggott School District and area law enforcement came together in hopes of keeping the school safe.

The district had plans to hire a school resource officer in Fall of 2018, however, thanks to the efforts of local law enforcement the school has plenty of temporary SROs now.

"Just to have a person here walking the hallways and the interaction with the students and the students knowing that somebody is here kind of keeps everybody calm," said Piggott Police Officer Jeremi Wicker.

Several teachers said their students feel more at ease knowing the members of law enforcement are present.

Wicker also said many parents feel more comfortable knowing there is an acting SRO on campus.

Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller said he is thankful his deputies will give up their time to protect the students.

"Makes me very proud to know that my guys are not in the job just for money," he said.  "They're here to help take care of the community in any way possible that we can."

The Clay County Sheriff's Department and the Piggott Police Department also held a safety meeting with teachers on Thursday.

The group addressed several safety issues and student concerns during the meeting.

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