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members who attended the Raymer Area Block Watch meeting are hoping police will
have more of a presence at Raymer Elementary after a 15-year-old student
admitted to bringing a loaded gun to school last month.
in the area are hoping more will be done to keep students safe at school.
first actual thought is, ‘This isn't happening,'" said Michelle Layman, a
concerned parent. "You hear about it and you're like, ‘Not us, not our school,
not our children.'"
has three children who attend Raymer. She says her worst nightmare came true
the day she heard about the loaded gun brought to school.
scary to know that gun was in school the whole day," she said. "I feel like now
when I drop my kids off at school, literally, I feel like when I watch them
walk through the door, I don't have no control over the situation anymore."
Raymer Area Block Watch has been going strong for eight years. Every month they
meet and discuss crimes they've seen around the neighborhood. Thursday night
they talked about having more of a police presence near the school.
said the block watch has played an important role in the community.
amazing how more people are communicating, and really starting to get the
attention of people, and starting to clean it up and coming together," she
said. "I think it's what they need to do."
watch leader Robin Sopko says sometimes children just don't know better.
kids…they get gifts sometimes of knives, or cool BB guns, and they want to show
their friends, like show and tell," Sopko said. "So each different situation
has to be weighed out."
student that brought the gun will be sentenced at the end of the month.