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APS Superintendent calls for full-time school resource officer

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

The day after a Price Middle School student was shot, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis renewed his push to have a full-time school resource officer in every school.

"If you have full-time officers in the schools they can learn the kids, they can learn the schools, they can learn the students and they can learn their concerns," Davis said.

Davis stood in front of the school where Telvis Douglas, 14, was shot on Thursday and made the case for why full-time school resource officers are needed.

"With part-time resource officers, depending on where they are employed full time, they can be called away to their full-time job," Davis said.

It was an off-duty school Atlanta police officer who took down the 15-year-old suspect who allegedly shot Douglas.

Davis told CBS Atlanta News that if that officer had been called away for other duties on Thursday, the shooting could have turned out differently. That's because the officer was able to get the gun away from the suspect quickly.

"We are very fortunate that the school resource officer was on site when this happened and quite close to it," Davis said.

Davis said he plans to continue to make his case for full-time security to the Atlanta school board in March.

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