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Warren Co. students raise money to improve security

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Students and teachers at one Middle Tennessee school are doing their own fundraising to improve school security, and if their plan gets approved, the school will be as guarded as some government buildings in Metro government.

When it comes to safety, Morrison Elementary School in Warren County has it locked down.

Nobody can get into a classroom without a key, and a part-time school resource officer roams the halls and rounds the perimeter.

But if principal Kim Cantrell gets her way with the school board, getting into the school would be more difficult than getting into some government offices in Nashville.

"We want to control who comes in this campus, on this campus and what their business is on this campus," Cantrell said.

To get past the front office, a visitor would have to swipe a government-issued identification card, then they would receive a badge that displays their photo and their destination. That way, if they were somewhere they weren't supposed to be, school officials would have a way of knowing.

Also, visitors wouldn't be able to look inside classrooms, because the school wants to invest in tinted windows.

These security measures are estimated to cost about $20,000, and students did a fundraising campaign to help raise most of the money.

The school district is already planning other levels of security, including a buzzer that visitors would have to sound before they can even get inside a front office.

And if they secure the funding, each school will get its own fulltime school resource officer.

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