ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WALA) – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall on Wednesday honored Orange Beach Elementary School for its efforts to keep kids safe.
Marshall presented the school with a 2018 Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence. He called the school a model for others and praised its use of technology and its school resource officer.
“Orange Beach is one of the 10 schools in the state that we’ve highlighted this year for the best of the best relating to school safety,” he said. “This is the fifth out of the last six years that we’ve been here to be able to highlight the program. And what we’ve seen is that not only do they have a comprehensive plan where they ensure structural safety of the school but also the integration of the SRO, cameras and other law enforcement make this an outstanding place for school safety.”
During an assembly to present the award, Marshall alluded to a recent school shooting in Colorado, not long after the 20th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre that claimed the lives of 15 people.
“We don’t want to be like those stories last week in Colorado,” he said.
Ryan Moss, the school’s principal, gave the credit to the school’s employees.
“This is all about you and our school … We’re humbled and honored as a school,” he said.