Fulltime SRO at school to increase safety of students, faculty, and staff
Students arriving at Monteagle Elementary School this year are met by a new face. School Resource Officer James Jack-son, with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, greets students as they arrive each morning.
“My first priority is to keep everyone safe during the school day,” explained Jackson. “But, I also want to brighten students’ day. I greet everyone with a high five or fist bump and get lots of smiles.”
Jackson has been in law enforcement since 1990, and brings his years of experience to the school. He has served in both South Pittsburg and Hamilton County, and is currently a Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy.
“James Jackson, the new SRO at Monteagle School, has been a positive influence from day one. He greets every child with a cheerful good morning,” says Rhonda Butner, MES bookekeeper. “The students also see Mr. Jackson monitoring the halls and during their lunch. The teachers and staff are thrilled to have Mr. Jack-son as an added safety measure being an extra ‘gatekeeper’ to ensure a safe environment at MES.”
“I will be stationed at MES throughout the school year, every day, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.,” said Jackson. “During other months (when school is not in session) I will be assigned to patrol duty in Marion County.”
SRO Jackson is pictured with students from Jennifer McBee’s (along with para pro Becky Shrum) Pre-K class. Back row (l to r): Zander Montgomery, Cason Layne, Parker Meeks, and LileeAnn Nunley. Middle row (l to r): Bella Guyear, Khloe Haynes, Harper Brewer, and Ben Jenkins. Front row (l to r): Hazley Brew-er, SRO Jackson, Preslee Easterly, and Ayverie Fleman.