By Sarah Plummer
Raleigh County Schools and the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department have filled two newly vacant school security personnel positions at area high schools, confirmed Superintendent Jim Brown.
Sheriff Steve Tanner said Capt. Charles Darlington, a retired Raleigh County sheriff’s deputy, will be stationed at Independence High School and Pete Staton will be placed at Liberty.
Tanner said these employees’ primary responsibility will be to promote a safe learning environment by deterring gang activity, drugs and bullying.
For the first time this year, these guards will also be trained to counsel some students with exceptional emotional problems with school authority.
“They will be mentoring and trying to help counsel them. This is an opportunity for security to get involved with problem students and help them overcome struggles they may be facing in school, at home and with peer pressure. It allows them to intercede early and build confidence with students,” said Tanner.
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