Handle with Care coming to Tazewell County

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TAZEWELL, VA (WVVA) The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office is looking to implement ‘Handle with Care.’ The program is focused on ways to promote safe and supportive homes, schools, and communities. It comes from the West Virginia Center for Children’s Justice.

Director Andrea Darr says this program helps teachers know if students may have experienced a traumatic incident the night before school.

“Law enforcement on scene just get the name, age and school of the child,” said Darr. She says there’s no need to go into detail about what happened at the scene, but for teachers to “Handle with Care.”

Sheriff Brian Hieatt says this will help benefit students and teachers in the county.

“Our school system is interested in it,” said Hieatt. He says other law enforcement agencies in the county are also interested. “There’s so many things that go on in a child’s life we don’t know about,” said Hieatt.

He also says that often times, officers who respond to scenes have children around drug dealers and kids are experiencing traumatic situations.

Sgt. Ron Holt with the Tazewell Sheriff’s Office says they’re excited for this program. Holt also serves as the School Safety Coordinator for the county and understands the type of impact this program will have.

“This is just another way we serve our community,” said Holt. He says students are the most vulnerable people in the community and this is program to help them, makes sense.

“It helps serve not only those kids but our educators who already have a difficult call,” said Holt.

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith

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