Onslow County Schools holds meeting on handling crime on campus

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ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - As communities across the east gear up for another school year, one local school district is trying to prepare for the ways they'll tackle the issues of safety with law enforcement.

Wednesday, Onslow County Schools held a meeting with principals and school resource officers from both the sheriff's office and police department to discuss how to handle criminal behavior on campus.

Administrators are urged to let resource officers know first about anything suspicious.

For the upcoming school year, Onslow County says they plan to work the District Attorney's Office on a "diversion" program, aiming to keep at-risk students from becoming repeat criminal offenders.

"For a lot of these people, if they end up getting a criminal record at a very young age, particularly trying to get a job, college, military or whatever, it's certainly going to inhibit them from doing those type things," says District Attorney Ernie Lee. "So it's one of those things we're looking at, of course, now it's going to take the cooperation of the offender."

Onslow County Schools says they hope to have logistics of the program complete by the start of school on August 28th.