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Attorney General Presents State Safety Award to Bob Jones High School

Bob Jones High School earned a state safe schools award for the second year in a row.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall visited Bob Jones today to present Principal Sylvia Lambert and Superintendent Robby Parker with a 2017 Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence.

The award recognizes a top public school from each of the eight state school board districts as well as the top private schools for the north, middle and southern portion of the state. School safety and security are top priorities of Madison City Schools and the district continuously looks for ways to improve it on all campuses.  

Attorney General, Principal and Superintendent at Bob Jones
AG Steve Marshall, BJ Principal Sylvia Lambert, Supt. Robby Parker
(Photo by Briana Davis)

During the program, Mr. Marshall summoned the two School Resource Officers to the stage, noting that SROs risk their lives every day to protect the students and faculty. "They want you to return home to your family, just like your family does." The students responded with a standing ovation.

The Attorney General cited several factors that played into Bob Jones qualifying for the state safe schools award of excellence: a strong SRO program, the "text-to-protect" initiative, and an effective "student-to-student" mentoring program that helps combat bullying by giving students a sense of belonging. The award also considers such things as faculty training, work with law enforcement including SROs, safey procedures and student involvement.

"In these times we are all intensely aware of the serious responsibility our schools carry for the safekeeping of our children," Mr. Marshall said. Recent violent school incidents are "heartbreaking reminders that we must remain vigilant and committed to provide the best protections possible in Alabama schools."

Attorney General Steve Marshall on stage with school SROs
Attorney General Steve Marshall recognizing the SROs at
Bob Jones High School "They are willing to risk their lives for you."

Superintendent Robby Parker with attorney general and principal in background
Superintendent Robby Parker addressing students with Alabama
Attorney General Steve Marshall, Principal Sylvia Lambert in background

Bob Jones color guard opening the program with flag procession




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