Guilford County parents learn about improving school safety

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It's a call to action to protect our children.

In light of recent school shootings, parents are choosing to be proactive.

Tuesday night, parents came to Ben L. Smith High School for the “Know the Signs” training session.

Part of the Sandy Hook Promise is to turn tragedy into a moment of transformation.

The Guilford County school district is teaching staff, students and parents how to identify the warning signs and speak up.

“You are not going to be considered a snitch. There’s a difference in telling to get someone in trouble and then telling to keep someone safe,” said Fredricca Stokes, director of school support services.

The two initiatives under the Sandy Hook Promise are “Start With Hello” and “Say Something.”

They hope to create an environment where students don’t feel isolated and can voice their concerns.

“With the mass shootings at schools and elsewhere, I think that parents have to be involved. Parents have to knowledgeable,” said Keayba Worthington, one of the parents who attended the meeting.

She was just one of the more than a dozen people that showed up for the training session.

The session taught a room of mostly parents about what they and students should look out for.

For instance, recognizing the warning signs, acting immediately and letting their children know to say to something to a trusted adult.

“I think it needs to be a mass number of parents here. They need to know what's going on in their school system. They need to know that they can email their principals, their guidance counselors, social worker and let them know what's going on. It's not always up to the student,” said Lisa Call Wood, teacher at Smith High School.

During the meeting, Guilford County Schools says that it’s working on programs to improve school safety.

The Guilford County Parent Academy and the Student Services Department with the district will hold another session Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Southwest Guilford High School.

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