North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper was in the east Monday morning, talking with educators about school safety.
Cooper spoke to teachers and school officials at Beaufort County's Back to School celebration at Washington High School. When parents send their children to school, Cooper says they expect them to learn but also to be safe.
Beaufort County Schools hope a new hire will help them achieve that goal. Russ Gurganus has been hired as the Director of Maintenance, Safety and Security.
Gurganus' work experience helped him get the job. He's a former Iraqi war veteran and state trooper of 4.5 years.
His job is to identify structural weaknesses in schools where an intruder can sneak in. They've also added cameras and secured entry and exit ways.
North Carolina's attorney general is visiting Beaufort County schools to celebrate the restart of classes with county school staff.
Attorney Roy Cooper is participating in the annual Staff Back To School Celebration Monday for all 14 Beaufort County School employees.
Cooper, who led the state's establishment of response protocols and trainings for school shootings, will be addressing the role all staff members play in school safety.
The celebration began at 8:30 a.m. Monday in the auditorium of the Washington High School Performing Arts Center.