As you know, Southlake School Resource Officers are in the Carroll ISD schools as an added layer of protection to help keep children safe, but you might not be aware of all that they do to enhance the learning process for students both inside and outside of the classroom. SRO’s serve as mentors to students and provide opportunities for them to learn and grow and to get hands-on experiences they can use in their daily lives.
This week as part of National Distracted Driving month SRO Blas Hernandez created a unique way to get the message out to teens who drive. He had students paint their thumbs green so that when their hands grip the steering wheel they will see the Dragon green colors and it’s a reminder to not text and drive or drive distracted. It’s important to reach teens early because distracted driving is 6x’s more dangerous than driving while intoxicated. Here are some other startling facts:
(Visit www.distraction.gov / Faces to hear the personal stories of families left without their loved ones.)
Officer Hernandez, along with our Community Initiatives Coordinators, also provided a “Take the Pledge” card to teens to remind them of these statistics and to have them sign a pledge card promising to never drive distracted.
Officer Hernandez also teaches a course on cyber-bulling. His goal is to teach students how negatively cyber-bulling can impact another student’s life, health and well-being. These examples are just a sampling of the kind of mentoring and proactive educational instruction classes provided by our Southlake School Resource Officers. They not only provide a safe environment for students to learn and grow but our SRO’s are also helping students beyond the classroom.
For more information about our SRO programs feel free to talk with the SRO at your child’s school or contact the SRO supervisor Sgt. John Stokes at firstname.lastname@example.org.