Pictured: Cops In School program is in its third day at the high school as an added security measure. Pictured (l-r) are security guard Joe Nino and Deputy Jason Childers patrolling the school hallways as the bell rang Thursday morning. Photo by OFELIA GARCIA HUNTER

Second day on the job as busy as the first

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

School and law enforcement officials agree the Cops In School program's presence at the high school is making a difference.

"If we take care of it now, (Cops In School) will make it a better school," said Lee Ramon, school board member who initiated the program at the high school. "We are heading in the right direction."

With the program in its second day, two citations were issued Wednesday morning for disorderly conduct and a teenage boy was detained for possession of marijuana under two ounces, sheriff officials said.

He was transported to a juvenile facility and faces a Class A misdemeanor, officials said. On Wednesday during lunch, four more citations were given out for fighting.

On Tuesday, several girls were cited for fighting and profanity and one received charges of assault to an administrator.

Lt. Cosme Castillo, supervisor for Cops In School, said disorderly conduct citations can vary from using profanity to fighting in a public place to using or displaying offensive gestures.

Cops In School deputy Jason Childers is assigned to the high school and sheriff's department officials said they would soon have a deputy at the middle school.

"We are working on getting a deputy for William Adams, it's in the process," Castillo said.

Ramon said he wants a safe environment for all the students in the district.

"We don't want cases like this to happen and I know the superintendent and the administrators don't want that, but it happened," he said. "I don't want administrators, especially teachers, to get assaulted and hopefully this is only an isolated incident. Having officers there will make a difference."

He said the community wanted the program in the school to curb these types of crimes.

Ramon wants to let the students and parents know that assaults and disorderly behavior will not be tolerated in the schools.

"We are serious about this, teachers are there to teach and administrators are there to oversee them, and the students are there to learn," Ramon said. "I'm glad the officers were there because they took care of the issue right away."