TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler schools are investing in something other than textbooks this year, something parents believe is even more important: the safety of its students.
"Where everyone else running away, they are running to, and these are the kinds of individuals we are looking for," Assistant Superintendent Rawly Sanchez says.
Mean, lean, tactical machines are coming to the Tyler high school campuses this school year.
"Ones that are going to be fit, prepared, they are going to have some additional training, they're going to have ongoing training on tactical," Sanchez says.
Four police officers, who specialize in warfare in schools, will be joining the staff at both John Tyler High School and Robert E. Lee High School.
Their job, being to handle the more serious cases on campus.
"They will be a presence on campus, and people will know that they have one purpose there and that is to ensure the safety of our students and teachers," Sanchez says.
Sanchez says security improvements have been in the works, he believes being proactive rather than reactive is crucial.
"There continues to be a progression, if you will, of the aggressiveness of students, and so we have been talking about this for two or three years now," Sanchez says.
Sanchez says the money to hire the officers will come from the district's general budget.
The district says no officers have been hired yet, but the interview process has started.