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State Troopers to patrol halls of local school district

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10:46 am

By Ethan Colbert
bgted@lcs.net
In an open letter to the district’s
patrons, Bowling Green R-I
Superintendent of Schools Dr.
Matthew Frederickson announced the
local school district and the Missouri
State Highway Patrol have agreed to
a new school safety initiative that will
see troopers patroling the hallways of
the local school district.
With this new agreement, troopers
will stop by the Bowling Green and
Frankford campuses at random times
during their shift to walk the hallways,
greet and interact with students,
and be there in case an emergency
happens.
While roaming the halls, state
troopers will learn the lay out of the
schools, get to know students by
name, and build relationships.
The initiative does not cost the
school district nor does it cost the
highway patrol as the troopers are
volunteering their time.
“It’s just trooper’s out doing their
job and randomly coming through
the school,” Missouri Highway Patrol
Capt. John Hotz said in a statement
announcing the new initiative.
“Anything that we can do to potentially
make our schools safer, that’s
our goal.”
In his letter, Frederickson said
that the district’s decision to participate
in the program was not because
of “any study, safety concern, or worry
related to any pre-exisiting safety
problems.”
In addition to the additional layer
of safety, Frederickson writes that he
hopes the district’s students will have
positive interactions with the troopers
and trained law enforcement.