(Griswold) The use of a School Resource Officer at the Griswold Community Schools was discussed at Monday night’s Griswold School Board meeting. Superintendent of Schools Dana Kunze says it is his understanding that nothing has changed and Cass County Sheriffs’ Deputy Corey Larsen will be returning to the school system again this fall. Kunze says Deputy Larsen has been greatly supportive.
“He has been a welcome presence in our building and has been greatly supportive and it’s one of the success stories I would like to lay claim too,” stated Kunze. Who credits high school Principal T.J. Dunphy for playing an integral part in making this relationship work.
“We do depend on him for legal consultation and to help us out when we have situations where he can lend a legal hand to make things easier here.” Kunze says the great thing is that they can call him up on the spur of the moment and he comes right away. “It is nice to have that relationship because he usually knows a little bit more about the situation than we do. It is very helpful having him as a part of our scenario, helping us get kids to school, and making sure we are meeting Iowa code.”
Kunze says they always follow up on rumors of drugs ect., and the last couple of times they have had a problem with a drug related incident it was pharmaceutical drugs that dogs couldn’t get a sniff on, which Kunze says is a huge problem for some schools.
“Schools have had problems with kids bringing things from their families own medicine cabinets,” said Kunze. “And if there is a message I could send out to parents it would be…if you have a household with a young person in it, you need to be thinking about what is in your medicine cabinet. Because one of the things they do is take out pharmaceuticals and throw them in a bowl to see where it takes them.”
And Kunze says that is extremely dangerous.
July 16, 2013