Mobile County Public School System Launches Campaign Against Violence

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The Mobile County Public School System is using these signs as part of its campaign against violence. Dr Reginald Crenshaw says they plan to start with schools in the city center before expanding across the county.

“We hope they stop and take a look and read it and especially understand the position of putting your parents in a situation where they have to put their house on bail or get their hands on the women,” said Dr. Reginald. Crenshaw.

The signs are available on a voluntary basis, but Crenshaw says 12 principals have already said they want them for their schools. This campaign is a collaborative effort that includes Darrell Portis who lost his daughter six months ago to gun violence.

“I’m supposed to visit my daughter in a college dorm, watch her play her college softball game today mausoleum,” Darrell Portis said.

He thinks seeing these messages in schools could make a difference.

“I think it sparks interest even if it’s just a mental trigger for kids to see it. Knowing that there are other opportunities to resolve conflicts,” Portis said.

From a security perspective, the school system has already installed a new video management system. They are also working on access control in schools. They have also partnered with the MPD Family Response Team.

“It allows us to share information with them and allow them to come to our campuses and meet our students, especially students who need a little more guidance,” said the director of safety and security. MCPSS security, Andy Gatewood.

It is not yet known whether the school system will arm school resource officers for the coming year, but they are trying to hire more in the meantime.

Dr. Crenshaw also mentioned that the school system is discussing with law enforcement to determine what would work best for the school system in regards to arming school resource officers. They hope to have a plan finalized in time for the school year.

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Jeremy S. McLain