Montana

Oct 30, 2012 11:15 AM by MTN News

GFPS meeting addresses student safety issues

GREAT FALLS - Great Falls Public Schools officials addressed student safety issues following last week's reported assault of an 11-year-old girl.

District staff, parents, and students attended the meeting on Monday night, hoping to open honest conversations about keeping children safe.

While the attack last week happened after school hours and off of school property, district staff say they still feel a responsibility to address the situation, and what schools can be doing to further protect children.

Some parents say the biggest change they're hoping to see is better communication with the schools.

Laura Wight, a mother of three, said, "I want them to be the very first one I hear from. I actually, with the incident that happened last week, I actually saw it first through KRTV on Facebook. And that's not a criticism of the school, but it's something where I would like the school district to be the first one I hear from."

Ideas for improvement included the use of social media and a text alert system.

District superintendent Cheryl Crawley said, "We've actually been discussing exactly that for the last two months. We're moving forward with that and this will probably inspire us to put that a little further up on the to-do list."

Crawley says they hope to implement some of these changes in the next few months.

After a presentation by district officials, attendees split up into smaller group discussions.

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