Parents praise Horry County Schools for adding security guards to elementary schools

Parents praise Horry County Schools for adding security guards to elementary schools (Madeline Montgomery/WPDE)

Parents are pleased with Horry County School Board's decision to add more security to its elementary schools.

"We all watch the news and know what's happen in in the United States. And one of the major problems that we have shootings in the schools and we have to respond," said Vladimir Soloveiko, a father to a kindergartner at Carolina Forest Elementary School.

Horry County Schools has responded and all 27 elementary schools will have armed security guards.

"It's been several months, the discussion to include security officers in all of our schools, especially our elementary schools." said Lisa Bourcier, the director of strategic communications for Horry County Schools.

"I think it's a great idea. I think it should've been done much more earlier," said Soloveiko.

All of Horry County's high schools and middle schools already have armed guards.

"Those officers are there to provide protection for our students, our staff and our visitors. But they're also there to stabilize and de-escalate any type of emergency situations," said Bourcier.

Despite not having armed guards, all of the parents that talked to us said they are pleased with the level of security at Horry County elementary schools.

"All the doors are locked for our facilities, there are check in procedures for visitors and guests that come in. We also have hand wands, metal hand wands at all of our schools, including our elementary schools," explained Bourcier.

But parents and the school board feel there is more than can be done.

"We have to have trained people that will be able to protect our kids," said Soloveiko.

"Things are different now. It's a different world we live in and we need to make sure that we do everything we can to protect our students," said Bourcier.

"It's just a shame that it has to be like this but I'm glad that they're doing this," said Pat Billman, whose daughter works at Carolina Forest Elementary School and whose grandson is a student there.

The district will hire 14 guards this semester and the rest over the summer. The total cost for next school year for the armed guards and crossing guards will be $1.7 million.

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