Security boosted at EBR bus transfer point
BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is beefing up security at its school bus transfer point this year.
The site is near the intersection of Choctaw and North Sherwood Forest. It's where children switch from the buses that pick them up in their neighborhoods, to the bus that bring them to their schools. The district says at least 3,000 students go through the transfer point daily.
Instead of about seven Sheriff's deputies watching over the site, now Baton Rouge Police will lend a hand putting almost double the badges on duty. Students will be randomly searched with metal detector wands as well.
The change comes following two straight school years where violence at the site has made news headlines. The latest involved a 10-year-old who brought a gun there in April to protect himself from bullies.
The district hopes the extra eyes and enforcement will keep better order of what's now considered "controlled chaos," because the more controlled children are, the less chance for crime to occur.
School Board Member Tarvald Smith agrees.
"The more law enforcement, anybody who's out there that wants to do wrong will see that and the more law enforcement will be a deterrent to any activity that someone may have planned or just thinking about doing at the transfer point," he said.
Smith says he plans to keep an eye on the happenings at the transfer site throughout the year in case other opportunities for change come up.