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More security coming to John Tyler H.S.

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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Four months after a teacher was killed, allegedly at the hands of one of his students, school safety experts with the Texas School Safety Center presented their findings to parents and TISD board members.

Hallways inside John Tyler have already been capped off with new security doors.  All visitors are now funneled to the front office, first.  The district also ordered new portable metal detectors last fall?.  The district said they've only been used once on campus, but they're still available for random searches.  Ten uniformed officers are also still posted on site.

Angela Jenkins, communications director for the district, said TISD plans to implement all of the recommendations shared at Thursday night's meeting.  It was recommended custodians and cafeteria workers be trained on how to interact with students.

"That's so the students see them as an authority figure, someone who can monitor the hallways, and issue discipline," said Jenkins.

"If there's a situation, if there's a fight, if there's a weapon on campus, if [students] have a report with an adult on campus, they will speak up," said Curtis Clay, director of programs with the TSSC.

Some parents still wonder, will it all work? On idea, in particular, is the proposed fence that could potentially wrap its way around the JT campus.

"We know it's a game," said one parent, Thursday night.  "As soon as you put the fence up, [someone] will crawl through it, [the school] will repair it, and they're going to cut it somewhere else," she said.

Clyde Sanders said he was pleasantly surprised to hear about many of the changes.

"I think they feel a greater sense of safety and security," said Cecil McDaniel, deputy superintendent.

During the fall semester, discipline reports were down nearly a quarter from the same time a year ago.

Thursday night's recommendations from the Texas School Safety Center are specifically for the John Tyler Campus.  A similar audit and report is expected for the Robert E. Lee High School campus.

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