FBI Agents from Pittsburgh are teaching local high school students a new approach to keeping them safe. Presentations were given to every student in every classroom at John Marshall High School on Wednesday.
Organizers said the importance of students listening to their teacher if a threat would arise is crucial to keeping everyone safe. The program started a few years ago, and Special Agent Jeff Cisar said it’s important that students do what their teachers say, and teachers can know there is more than one option to avoid danger.
“There are times that maybe locking students down might not always be the best decision. So we’re here to educate students that they do have the ability to make decisions and utilize different options,” Cisar said.
The students seemed to respond well to the new idea introduced to them. “Not every decision you make might be the right thing to do, but it’s better than doing nothing, you always need to take action,” said junior Morgan Butler.
Wednesday’s presentation is only one of several ways that John Marshall is working to keep their students and staff safe. Principal Rick Jones said the school just purchased new radios, they are working on new ID badges, and making physical changes to the building during renovations to make it safer.
Ultimately, the new program is about giving the students a healthy environment to learn and grow. John Marshall is proud to be the first high school in West Virginia to start the initiative.