NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- Security increased in schools, schools are seeing a lot more cameras, security guards, and new technology.
In the year 2018, letters are still classic. One-hundred-thirty Woodside High School students wrote to Delegate Mike Mullin from Newport News, and he decided to come in and talk to them.
“They felt lost. There were so many people saying that in one way or another, that I felt like we had to be here. We had to listen," said Mullin. "We had to come in and tell you that you matter, we care about you, and we're doing everything we can, to make sure that you feel less lost.”
Delegate Cia Price joined Mullin to tour the school and talk with students.
“You have ideas, this is your time because that’s what we’re here to discuss about,” said Price.
As students came up with questions, student Kayla Hall offered solutions.
“People who are going through like tough situations, we have this meeting like every other Friday, where we discuss, like what’s going on in our school,” said Price.
Other students like Zasha Whiting told lawmakers their fears about coming to school.
“You never know if someone’s going to snap, or it’s going to be the last straw for somebody. I know at Heritage High School they have metal detectors at their school. Like it shouldn’t just be a one-time thing, it should be a constant thing, and it may be doing too much, but at the same time, that’s a student’s life right there,” said Whiting.
Delegate Price said she’s taking what she learned back to Richmond.
“Like it shouldn’t just be a one-time thing, it should be a constant thing, and it may be doing too much, but at the same time, that’s a student’s life right there,” said Price.
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