30 October 2014
Students swarmed out of the cafeteria doors into the courtyard, chatting excitedly. They climbed into the back of “Drive 5” – a truck used by the Lake Monticello Swift Water Rescue Team to carry their equipment; they peered into the windows of the state trooper’s car; tried on a bullet-proof vest with the game warden; checked out a battering ram and riot shield with the school resource officer; and used the snake tongs brought by animal control. There were smiles and laughter all around.
The event was the result of cooperation between school resource officer Sgt. Frank Lopez and Assistant Principal Nathaniel Wiedenhoft. “The event was organized to recognize School Safety Week which has been going on this week from Oct. 20 through the 24,” said Wiedenhoft, who described it as “a joint effort between the middle school and Sgt. Frank Lopez, our resource officer from the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office.”
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