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School safety forum to be held Wednesday

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A second school safety forum for Atlanta Public Schools will take place Wednesday night. A total of four meetings will be held for parents to voice their concerns and offer suggestions on improving school security.

The forums were planned before the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT, but since then, the topic has taken on a new sense of urgency.

About three dozen parents attended the first forum at Therrell High School Tuesday night.

They voiced suggestions, including adding more school resource officers and school bus monitors.

Dana Price, a parent, said she was concerned about a lack of cell service at schools.

"One of our middle schools does not have cell phone reception. If we had a situation like that, I'm not sure how teachers and administrators would have been able to alert authorities to get help over," said Price.

A few parents also questioned if school administrators should be armed, but parents CBS Atlanta News talked to Wednesday morning called that a bad idea.

"I don't think that's really safe around children because teachers can do bad things too," said T'Keyah Walker.

"I don't think we want to get into a vigil ante type situation either," added Juanita Butler, a parent

"I really don't want to address if we should have armed administrators in schools. I will tell you that we will be relentless about assuring that our students and staff members are safe," said Steve Alford, spokesman for Atlanta Public Schools.

Wednesday's forum was scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. at Grady High School.

The final two are scheduled for Jan. 15 at Carver High and Jan. 16 at Bolton Academy.

Parents for all Atlanta Public Schools are invited to attend any of the forums.

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