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Ken Trump speaks with the media at the FWCS Grile adminstration building on Wednesday.

FWCS safety not hijacked by activists, expert says

National school safety expert Ken Trump says school safety and security has been hijacked and politicized by gun rights and gun safety activists.

But Trump said that's not the case in Fort Wayne Community Schools, where the topic of how to keep schools, students and educators safe is an ongoing conversation, not one dependent on national news headlines.

"Fort Wayne Community Schools has always been proactive," he said.

Trump, president and CEO of National School Safety and Security Services, is visiting the district this week to review the student resource officer program in the district and security staffing in schools.

The visit was scheduled even before the fatal shootings of educators and students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., sparked a national debate about gun law changes.

Trump has worked with the district for about a decade, FWCS spokeswoman Krista Stockman said. This visit by Trump is especially important as the district prepares for the retirement of security Director John Weiker, she said.

Charles Cammack, chief operation officer in the district, said FWCS makes school safety a priority.

"We take the security and safety of our buildings very seriously," he said.

Trump's visit is part of a routine process where the district "fine tunes" its procedures according to Trump's recommendations to continue following best practices in ensuring safety in its schools, Cammack said.

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