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Beaumont police add security at private school

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St. Anne Catholic School in Beaumont is adding security this year to watch over its 525 students.

The school has hired eight Beaumont police officers to patrol the campus. In a rotation system, two officers a day will be watching everyone who comes in and out.

"You don't get anywhere until they make sure they know exactly who you are," says parent Kami Piron.

"We just want to make sure that the people that are here are the people that are supposed to be here," says on-duty officer, Ofc. David Vaugn.

Parents were surveyed in the Spring. They overwhelmingly approved the pilot program. It's an extra set of eyes that adds security to the school that already has a strict safety plan.

All schools in the Diocese have limited access to the campus during school hours. There are surveillance cameras and locked doors that are only accessed by a key.

"I think Catholic schools have always prided themselves on being a safe and disciplined environment and we just want to be sure that our children are safe," says Superintendent Marcia Stevens.

Stevens says the feedback to this pilot program has been positive.

"We have really had a great response," she says.

Parents say they now feel a sense of ease when they drop their children off at school.

"It starts at home and for them to extend it here is such a blessing," says Piron.

The school is funding the pilot program and is not having to raise tuition at this time.

It sent out a letter to parents earlier this month saying the unfortunate event at Sandy Hook Elementary underscored these new measures as a priority.

St. Anne is hoping the pilot program becomes permanent and catches on at other schools within the diocese.

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