HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Monday following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut had police officers more visible in schools around Myrtle Beach.
Horry County and Myrtle Beach Police officers gave an extra show of force on Monday to ease safety concerns for both parents and students.
One parent, Lisa Cain said, "It was heartbreaking, almost like September 11th."
Cain has two children in the Horry County School system. She says her daughter was hesitant to go to school today, and Cain didn't blame her."I told her there would be police officers there today at every school."
School Resource Officers are at every middle and high school within Myrtle Beach and Horry County.
On Monday, uniformed Horry County Police Officers were at county elementary schools.
School Resource Officers receive standard police training as well as special training and education to work with students. They're often the first responders whenever there's a crisis on campus.
Horry County Police Sergeant Robert Kegler said, "They're first on scene. They go and look for the threat. They eliminate the threat to the school."
While it's unclear if uniformed officers will always be on patrol at elementary schools, Sgt. Kegler says SRO program in Horry County is solid, and is a good fit for the school system.
Sgt. Kegler said, "As a police officer and a parent of an elementary school child, I feel confident in our department's ability to protect the students and protect the teachers."