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Oxford schools enhance security

Reported by: Susan Parker
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Updated: 8/07/2013 5:46 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- The next time Amy Moore visits an Oxford public school, the routine will be different.

There's just one way in and one way out for all Oxford Public School campuses. When you walk through the door, the first thing you're going to see is a visitor management system. One swipe of your driver's license or other state-issued identification card and a background check is conducted.

"Words can't describe how much safer as a parent it makes you feel. It's a scary time to raise children," Amy Moore said.

Superintendent Brian Harvey knows all too well how parents feel.

"Schools have in essence become targets," Harvey said.

Oxford became a target last year when an online threat was made against the high school. The person was located and prosecuted.

"We need to do everything we can to make schools harder targets," Harvey added.

The visitor management system becomes part of the net of security tightly wrapped around Oxford schools.

It conducts an instant background check. If someone is a registered sex offender, a school resource officer will respond immediately.

"It helps us just by knowing who is in the building, when they come in, when they have left, who they have come to see and why they are here," Officer Jeff Edge said.

"This is just one of the things that our schools are trying to do to be proactive and try to think of every scenario and everything that might happen so that we can be prepared for it if it does," Edge said.

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