Osceola schools' staff members being trained to recognize whether a child is a threat to others



OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - WFTV is learning more details about special training that is under way in Osceola County schools.

The Osceola County School District is taking steps to train staff members on how to recognize whether a child is a threat to others.

School psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors and administrators district-wide are learning more about how to respond and what to look out for, but those signs don't necessarily mean a child is troubled.

Ever since the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., parent Leslie Bigelow said she's been eager to hear about any move to make her child's school safer.

“I have a first grader.  I think security should be upped more,” she said.

Osceola County Education Association President Apryl Jackson said the training should be extended to include all teachers, and at some schools, it could be.

Jackson said the training is important so kids don't fall through the cracks.

 “We're not going to stop everything, but if we can stop one situation from happening, then we're successful,” she said.