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Keeping Kids Safe During the School Year

The start of school is just a few weeks away. As parents and children gear up, local authorities say they need to think about more than just clothes and backpacks. Bill Stamps reports on school safety.


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It’s a team effort by the Houston fire department, police department, campus police and children’s hospital. Their goal is to spread awareness of school safety measures. There are too many to mention but Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino says one thing his department is going to concentrate on is bullying.

Victor Trevino special squad will be out working school zones.
“To make sure that kids feel good about going to school So they don’t have to worry about someone is going to be me up if I go to school.”

Trevino says he’s also going to employ a special group of motorcycle patrolmen to hang out around schools zones to make sure drivers obey the posted speed limits. You may also see more speed gages telling you how fast you’re going.

Officer Alvin Stillman with the Houston Police Department says safety starts at home with parents. He says most parents tell their children not to talk to strangers but they may need to be a little more specific.

“They know what a stranger is, but we sometimes have to go over that with them. Let them know that a stranger is not only someone that you have never seen, it can be a man or a lady, but someone that you have seen. Someone just a couple streets over that you’ve seen several times, but you should take extra caution with.”

On that topic of strangers, principal Maria Barrientos says parents also need to make the teachers job a little easier by meeting them so they’ll know who the child’s parents are and who to call if there’s ever a problem:

“Accurate phone numbers. We must know who is going to pick up their child or their children. Who is their guardian in a sense and who is responsible for the child or children on a daily basis.”

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Bill Stamps, KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.

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