Several recent cases of alleged sexual abuse involving students and staff members have the Caddo Parish School System taking some preventative action.
Roy Murry, director of school security, says the school system has arranged several training sessions with nationally recognized experts in the field of child sexual abuse. He says the company, called McGrath Training System, will offer separate sessions for parents and school employees.
"We never know if it's going to happen to our child, and certainly, we want to arm the parents of our students and in Caddo Parish as best we can to be aware of the problem," he said.
Murry said the sessions will offer information on recognizing the warning signs of sexual abuse, as well as when an adult may be stalking a minor.
"It's just not designed for the people that work in the schools or the kids going to school," Murry said. "We have kids going to the malls. We have kids going to different youth groups."
Murry said at least one employee from every school in the Caddo Parish system will take part in the training Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 1 and 2. Additional information on the subject will be made available to all school employees in the near future.
Parents with children who attend Caddo Parish schools will be able to attend the free session Monday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p. m. It will be held in the Performing Arts Center at Caddo Magnet High School. Murry said additional sessions will be made available if they're needed.
Story by Katrina Webber