Armed resource officers will be in West York schools this year


All is quiet at the West York Area High School, students are preparing for another school year, and they know things will be a little different this year. 

“We have had problems in the past and teachers were not able to control it and I think have resource officers on campus will be a good thing for us,” said Connor Gerrick, a West York Senior. 

Assistant Superintendent Erin Holman says the timing was right to start the new year with a new focus on student safety and security. 

“The students see them throughout the building as another person who is there to provide a safe school
for them,” said Holman. 

It’s a partnership between the school district and the West Manchester Township Police. School resource officers will work primarily in the high school and middle school. The district is using safe school grant money to help supplement the costs. 

“I think it is a good idea because the world is changing and sometimes not for the good an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” said Jim Nelson, Grandparent in West York Area School District. 

Connor Gerrick is looking forward to his senior year, and says police in schools will not be a distraction.

“I just feel safer with them in the hallways I like them here they were here a little bit last year and were able to calm things down a lot,” said Gerrick. 

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