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FWCS Safety Committee encourages community involvement to address concerns in schools

Ella Abbott
The Fort Wayne Community Schools Safety Committee is made up of organizations throughout the city with a focus on helping students be safe and successful in schools. Members from the committee met on Wednesday for a press conference.

Following last week's pair of instances involving guns found in its high schools, the Fort Wayne Community Schools Safety Committee held a news conference Wednesday to discuss the importance of community help in making schools safer.

FWCS Superintendent Mark Daniel said, to improve safety, they need more engaged students, which means improving student achievement and wellness.

Daniel said that also means considering how school safety impacts the community as a whole.

“Therefore, we need the whole community support because we’ll undoubtedly be going after some type of safety and security referendum," Daniel said.

Daniel said they’re also looking to get more dads involved in schools and are encouraging community members to apply as mentors inside the schools, to give students a trusted adult they can talk to and help guide them.

The Safety Committee first formed in October and is made up of various city organizations, including FWCS board members, United Fort Wayne representatives and Fort Wayne Police Deputy Chief Mitch McKinney.

Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.