Town hall meeting to focus on school security, keeping kids safe

Town hall meeting to focus on school security, keeping kids safe
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CLEBURNE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Just weeks after a deadly school shooting, one sheriff's office wants parents and citizens to weigh in on keeping the county's children safe.

The Cleburne County Sheriff's Office will host a town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Community Center in Heber Springs.

"The focus of this town hall meeting will be school security concerns, and what we as a county can do to help ensure the safety of our children," Sheriff Chris Brown stated in a news release Monday.

Parents and citizens will have a chance to voice their concerns and ideas regarding school safety.

"We are looking forward to this as being a productive conversation about ways to help secure our schools," Brown said.

Because the county's schools are within individual city police jurisdictions, Brown's office is not directly responsible for their security. However, he said the safety of all citizens is his "top priority."

"I want to help in whatever way I can," Brown said. "I have reached out to each of the communities in our county and I'm excited about being able to facilitate this conversation."

Brown noted in the news release that officials with the Quitman School District and Police Department may not be able to attend the March 16 meeting. However, an additional meeting will be scheduled in a "timely manner" to meet with them.

Residents of Quitman are still encouraged to attend the first meeting if they wish to do so.

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