Wednesday, February 6 2013, 07:35 PM CST
Deputies inside schools
DEWEYVILLE - by Ashley Gaston - The Deweyville school district has an extra set of eyes and ears on its secondary school campus.
The principal believes the presence of a deputy.. Was an important factor in students reporting a hit list to administrators Monday.
No one was hurt. The 12 year old accused of writing the hit list is facing charges of making a terrorist threat.
Ashley Gaston explains how deputy is teaching students it's okay to talk with law enforcement officers.
Newton county deputy Eric Paulin takes a detour from his patrolling duties to stop by Deweyville high school.
“I come up here just to check on the kids and make sure everything is going ok,” said Eric Paulin
Paulin spends about an hour every day visiting with the principal, staff, and students.
A lot of times kids don't like police, they think we're out here to get them and I’m trying to change that mentality.
Paulin says his mail goal is to build trust with the students and keep the lines of communication open.
“With all the school violence, i think police presence is great,” said Paulin.
The principal believes Paulins' daily visits encouraged students to talk to administrators about a hit list on Monday.
“We're here to help, and if we really didn't love what we're doing we wouldn't do it,” said Sheriff Shannon.
Sheriff Eddie Shannon is making sure his 12 deputies get out in the community.
“We're stretched pretty thin and so what you really want to do is get your deputies involved in the schools so the kids will open up and talk to them,” Sheriff Shannon
The Sheriff says the students did just that on Monday.
“If I know them I can help serve them and their families better,” said Paulin.
One deputy, part of a team working to keep the community safe inside and outside the school walls.
The sheriff is also preparing to ask the state for a grant to bring the dare anti-drug program to the district.