Walton County Schools work to increase the safety of students

Carlene Anderson

Walton County's Superintendent Carlene Anderson speaks out about school safety in the county.

Special to The Sun
Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 05:51 PM.


In the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Conn., Walton County Superintendent Carlene Anderson wants to send the message that, like always, the safety of students is the district’s top priority.

“Your child’s safety is the first priority of the Walton County School District,” Anderson relayed her message to parents. 

Van R. Butler Principal Tammy Smith echoed Anderson’s message.

“The staff of Butler Elementary School joins the nation in mourning the tragic loss of life,” Smith said. “We are currently reviewing safety procedures … to determine what additional security measures must be implemented immediately, short-term, and long-term. Student safety is our top priority.”

After the tragic incident at Sandy Hook Elementary, Anderson’s first step was to send that message via phone to parents and administrators to reassure them that the school district would be making a plan for increased safety at schools throughout the county.

“We are not ignoring this, we are not complacent about this, but we are not over-reacting on this,” said Anderson.

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