CHARLOTTE,NC (WBTV) - Charlotte - Mecklenburg school (CMS) district is keeping a closer eye on three high schools this year: Garinger, Harding, and Vance High schools.
"We just moved some resources around," CMS Chief of Police Bud Cesena said. "As a result of the different numbers and data we had on suspensions and crime and things like that."
Last year those high schools experienced some challenges when it came student behavior. There were fights, lock downs, and assaults. The school district doesn't want history to repeat itself. Police reports show arrest and incident reports were high at those schools.
"It was sad," Harding University HS neighbor Aprall Strong said. "I was scared for the children."
Strong hopes this school year will be a better and safer one.
"They need to pull together and work things out." Strong said.
CMS police have a plan - increase the number of officers at the those schools.
"Vance will probably have another one," Cesena said. "Harding will have an additional person, and Gariinger may have an additional person."
Strong thinks that is a good idea.
"More protection," the neighbor said. "And they (students) won't have to be afraid."
Cameras will also be set up on the campuses. This year officers will man those camera rooms more often so they can detect bad behavior more quickly.
"I just hope it be better." Strong said.