Mayor Simison also spoke out about the Uvalde elementary school shooting last week. He stated that he has proposed six more SROs who will be dedicated to Meridian elementary schools.
“The events of Texas last week were horrific, and my heart goes out to the grieving families. As a parent, the thought of this is unimaginable. We send our children to school every day to learn and grow, but more and more they are being put in a position to be aware of the violence that could exist. Safety is our number one priority in Meridian and work is being done with our law enforcement and the school district, but we need to do more now. In order to keep all our students as safe as possible, I’m proposing we hire six school resource officers for West Ada elementary schools in Meridian. This will be a dedicated SRO program for our elementary schools. These additional officers will allow our current SROs to stay focused on their efforts in high schools and middle schools, while bringing resources to our most vulnerable youth,” Mayor Simison said.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the City of Meridian ranked 13th among the fastest-growing cities of 50,000 residents or more across the country.