ATLANTA - Four days after a teenaged student was shot and injured near the Grady High School stadium during a football game, new safety changes are being put in place.
Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Meria Carstarphen addressed the school board Tuesday, laying out shot and long-term plans.
"It means that we're going to have to accelerate our efforts to be sure that we're being smart about this," said Carstarphen, "taking short term actions to tighten up our security, but taking mid-term and long-term actions that will change this forever."
New security measures will include adding more police at school events, along with more APS staffers to keep an eye on things. Better crowd management will also be put into place. But Carstarphen said the district has to address the issue at the cultural level. "We're going to take it a step further and have a deeper, broader, school-community conversation about social-emotional learning and behavior at our extracurricular activities," said Carstarphen.
She told the school board that the short-term safety measures will be in place this week by the time Grady High School's football team plays next.