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Clinton Middle School teacher Amy Jones says she will implement new school safety policies in her classroom. Clinton Middle School teacher Amy Jones says she will implement new school safety policies in her classroom.
SRO Chuck Rodgers says schools need safety policies so that the students can learn without distractions. SRO Chuck Rodgers says schools need safety policies so that the students can learn without distractions.

By Kelsey Richardson

A gunman held seven girls hostage at Platte Canyon High School in Colorado. He ultimately shot and killed Emily Keyes. Emily texted her parents and said “I love you guys” before she was killed.

Her parents were sure there was a better way to handle emergencies at schools. They created the "I Love You Guys Foundation", conducted research, and met with safety experts  in hopes to improve school safety.

Now Columbine High School hosts a school safety training conference for Law Enforcement and school administrators every year. They partnered with the "I Love You Guys Foundation", which has continued its research each year to better school safety.

Campus police from Presbyterian College, the city of Clinton police, and administrators from Laurens County School District 56 were there.

When tragedy struck at Townville Elementary School in September, teachers and law enforcement knew it was time for the new safety policies to be implemented. The shooting at Townville Elementary killed one student and injured two other students and one teacher.

“Townville was very close to us and that town is as small as our town is and it just hit close to home that this could happened at any day any time,” said Clinton Middle School teacher Amy Jones.

Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is the safety policy that is being implemented across schools in Clinton. They learn four methods of precaution that can be used in case of emergency. Lockdown, Lockout, Evacuate, and Shelter. The teachers and students know what to do during each of these methods.

Clinton Middle School Resource Officer said he believes SRP will keep his students safe while they are at school.

“It’s to make sure our kids are here at school and are here to learn and have no distractions to their education.” SRO Chuck Rodgers said.

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