Eric Mackey talking with Avis Williams

Superintendent of Education Eric Mackey, left, talks with Selma Superintendent Avis Williams, center, and Mayor James Perkins Jr. during a safety meeting at Selma High School on Friday.

State Superintendent of Education Eric Mackey pledged $250,000 on Friday to Selma City Schools to improve security at Selma High School.

Mackey and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Hal Taylor were at Selma High School Friday to present Selma City Schools the findings of a security assessment the state department of education conducted recently. Suggestions included additional security at entrances, a new camera system and School Resource Officers – police officers stationed in the schools.

The security assessment and the high-level visit follow an incident of gun violence at Selma High School on April 1. A student fired a pistol during a fight at the school. No one was injured, but the incident shook up students and teachers. Students, who had just returned to face-to-face learning earlier that week, were returned to virtual teaching after the event.

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