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Students address safety concerns with parents, teachers at Richland Two forum

Richland 2 School District and WIS are joining together to host a community conversation on school safety. (Source: WIS) Richland 2 School District and WIS are joining together to host a community conversation on school safety. (Source: WIS)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Parents, teachers, and students packed the R2I2 Conference Center to share ideas about ways to improve the school safety.

The dialogue covered everything from mental health services to secure facilities and building stronger community partnerships.  Some of the best feedback Monday night came from students who said they would like schools to find ways to be better connected to what’s being said and done on social media. The students also requested secure buildings and practical tips on how to respond if they ever have to deal with an active shooter.

As they provided their feedback, every adult in the room took note.

"I was really surprised by the turnout of the students here this evening,“ said Richland Two parent Jason McLees. “They really do care and we do need to start having more conversations like this with all ages and genders and races present at the table.”

While there were many in attendance at the conference center, many were also viewing the event online as well as sharing their opinions.

Many in attendance and watching online felt the event was one that helped Richland District Two take steps to improve safety. However, this is just a start. District officials are looking to do more events similar to the one held Monday night throughout the upcoming school year.

The event may be over, but parents, teachers, and students are still encouraged to tweet ideas on school safety using the hashtag #R2Safety. 

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