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Sheriff Box responds to Conn. shootings

Saturday, December 15, 2012

In light of Friday's school shooting in Connecticut, Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box is urging citizens to be vigilant, and to always report suspicious behavior. Box says that pre-warning is all that is needed to prevent a tragedy.

"It is so important to report that activity directly to authorities so it can be properly investigated," said Box. "So often these threats are posted on social media instead of directly to law enforcement or school officials making it much harder to investigate once it becomes a rumor and not knowing the facts."

Box went on to say it is critical for those persons with information to report it directly to the school resource officer (SRO) or to officials immediately. He is asking people to not start rumors on social media websites that create a bullying effect or trauma on students.

"Bullying of our children is against the law. If you are concerned come forward, don't start a rumor," said Box.

The sheriff said his agency trains its deputies to go well above and beyond the required hours of firearms training each year and deputies receive training in active-shooter situations.

SROs are each trained to be on the lookout for uninvited visitors and for suspicious activity.

Deputies also work closely with school employees to ensure preparedness.

"It is sad to know no matter how prepared local agencies are, it's unreasonable to expect that they can prevent every tragedy," said Box.

He said the sheriff's officers work with county schools and has repeatedly rebuffed and investigated threats of violence.

"Many times throughout the year the sheriff's office will increase its visibility at local schools, or heightened security because of some issue we are investigating with school officials," said Box. "We work with officials during the year to provide extra uniform patrol at school sports events and functions when needed and offer plainclothes officers on special detail. We look at any threat seriously and investigate and will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone threatening or bullying our students. Our nation is shocked once again by a horrific tragedy; our prayers go out to the families of the victims."

Many times students and parents are not aware of the increased security measures that are taken, but this week Box said his officers will increase their visibility in the area of local schools and there will be heightened security at schools. Plans have also been made to have as many of Box's officers participate in his Lunch with Kids Mentoring Program to try to interact and comfort any students that may be upset over the latest tragedy.

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let's tell our senators and representatives and our president to outlaw these 'assault' guns!

-- Posted by closerlook on Sun, Dec 16, 2012, at 3:50 PM

Yes, because we all know that guns can kill people all by themselves! People that think like you need to wake up. Bad PEOPLE kill people, be it with a gun, a knife, a tire iron, a bomb, poison, a 2x4, their bare hands, or their vehicle. Which means, you simpleton, if they want you dead, they have a lot of options besides guns. A loaded gun cannot do anything by itself. It takes a person to aim and fire it. Some day when accountability is taught to our children and god is allowed back in our schools things will change. You need to worry about all the lost souls running around WAY MORE than you do about firearms.

-- Posted by Logical_One on Sun, Dec 16, 2012, at 10:18 PM

The semi automatic assualt style rifle and the 2 semi automatic pistols made it much easier and more efficient for this mentally ill person to kill many people quickly. The only thing in your list more efficient would have been a bomb. I do not have the answer to this problem, there is no simple answer. But we should be able to find some way to keep the mentally ill and violent among us from getting their hands on a weapon like this or a bomb for that matter. And, do you think a mentally ill person can be accountable? I do not, they are by definition beyond reason. And, one other thing bothers me about simplistic answers like yours: if a deranged lunatic could get into that school, somehow you think God could not? Why would an all powerfull and loving God allow children to be killed - just to prove a point? I don't buy it. And BTW I am a registered gun owner, but if it will save a child's life, I'm all for a few more restrictions on who can have a weapon like that.

-- Posted by redbaron on Mon, Dec 17, 2012, at 9:11 AM

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