ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. -- As many Triad children prepare to head back to school, safety is on a lot of people's minds.
After the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page decide it was time for his office to ramp up safety measures at local schools.
"We want to make sure our schools are safe, our children are safe, our teachers are safe," he said. "If the teachers are safe, they can teach, if the students are safe, they can learn."
Page says his officers have gone through, what he calls, an "updated" active shooter training. It includes teaching deputies to stop shooters, without the help of backup, and perform trauma care in the event of an emergency. All of Page's deputies, including Rockingham County school resource officers go through the training.
This year, resource officers will walk the halls of each elementary school in Rockingham County. Before now, the officers were only in middle and high schools. It's all part of a grant the county received to increase safety in the school system.
Guilford County and Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools said they will not be expanding school resource officers to elementary schools. They will, however, continue to have them in middle and high schools.