October 4, 2006
Charlottesville officials say school violence in the city is down right now and they would like to keep it that way. However, they have safety measures in place just in case a school shooting was to happen in the area.
Charlottesville Police said newly installed surveillance cameras in Bufford Middle School and Charlottesville High School help monitor any suspicious activity.
They also have School Resource Officers in three schools in the city that are trained on how to respond to a shooting.
"Columbine taught us a lot about how to prepare for those kinds of tragedies in schools and it's just a matter of keeping those skills sharpened and making sure we have the operational equipment to be able to deal with those issues. I'm satisfied that we have accomplished that and will continue to keep those skills sharp," said Chief Tim Longo of the Charlottesville Police Department.
The only part of the school division in Charlottesville that does not have police officers present is in the elementary schools.