Ten or more years ago law enforcement on a school campus often meant something bad had happened.

Today it’s part of the culture.

All city and county schools have a school resource officer who remains on that campus each school day.

“Police presence in our schools is crucial,” said Biggersville Elementary School Principal Elizabeth White. “Many people believe the presence on our campuses deter things from happening with the students, and sometimes it may. More realistically, however, knowing there is a constant law enforcement presence is likely to deter those wishing to come from outside the school to harm our students during the school day.”

A recent event held at White’s school allowed students and law enforcement officers to get even closer, and it was BES School Resource Officer Fred Washington who organized the special outing.

The former Corinth Police officer hosted Kids, Cops & Donuts where law enforcement officers from multiple departments meet with students and teachers on the BES campus.

“Our students were able to hear from law enforcement the many different ways they work to keep our communities safe,” said White.

Students heard from Sheriff Ben Caldwell and Mississippi Highway Patrolman Brian McGee along with White and Superintendent Brandon Quinn during the program held in the Biggersville gym. Students exited the gym to multiple law enforcement vehicles, flashing lights and sirens.

White said by having officers on campus, students can build positive relationships with law enforcement.

“Because of these relationships, children learn to recognize the people in our community who are in positions to be able to help them should they ever need it,” she added.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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