by: Ryan Young Updated:
ATLANTA - Seventy Atlanta police officers will be assigned to middle and high schools in response to security concerns after two school shootings last year.
"Our ultimate goal is for a safe environment," said Maj. Keith Meadows.
A Price Middle School student was shot in the neck last year and the school was on lockdown for hours. The student survived as did a gun-carrying Grady High School student who shot herself in the leg.
Meadows said police will help monitor camera feeds and respond when needed.
"Parents should expect to see officers walking around and engaging the students," he said. "We are asking the officers to be a little bit of everything – mentor and counselors and we want a high level of engagement."
Officers will also work on keeping kids from skipping school.
"We are asking school resource officers to identify the 10 most truant children in the schools," said Meadows. "They will be responsible for building a relationship and checking on them in their classes."