School board member Jerry Shultz's proposal to create a campus police department gained support this week from a group of parents concerned about crime in and near Wilson High School.
More than 90 parents attended a special PTA meeting that convened Monday night to discuss school security.
Several of the parents said their daughters are afraid to walk alone on campus since a 14-year-old girl was assaulted in a Wilson High bathroom Oct. 25 by a stranger holding a sharp knife. Carrie Trepp received several cuts on her face before she struck the man and ran away, according to her mother, Jacqueline Trepp.
In a separate incident last month, a man who claimed to be a plainclothes security officer ordered a student to disrobe to prove she was not carrying a weapon. The girl refused and the man exposed himself, Principal Lawrence Burnight said.
Since those incidents, some teachers have volunteered to patrol hallways during time set aside for parent and student conferences, Burnight told the parents. There also are more staff assistants standing guard by the school's gates, and new hallway passes for both students and visitors will be used, Burnight said.