Weaver City Hall

The Alabama attorney general's office rules last month that Weaver was not in violation of the -open carry law and was allowed to prohibit firearms at City Hall. (Kirsten Fiscus/ The Anniston Star)

Officials will hold a public forum to discuss safety concerns for Weaver schools in the wake of a Florida school shooting Feb. 14 that killed 17 people.

Weaver Mayor Wayne Willis said about a half dozen parents came to City Hall to ask about safety changes for Weaver’s schools.

“A lot of people have been asking me what can be done, but I can’t fix it,” Willis said. “There needs to be cooperation between government, school officials and law enforcement. That’s why I organized this forum.”

The meeting will take place at the community meeting center at Elwell Park near City Hall at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Willis said.

“It would be a good opportunity to ease some of the tension between parents, students and school officials,” Willis said.

Superintendent Joe Dyar, Weaver Elementary Principal Summer Davis and high school Principal Mike Allison will attend the meeting, Willis said.

“We’ve also invited the school resource officers and Sheriff Matthew Wade is more than welcome to attend,” Willis said.

The meeting, the mayor said, will focus on ways to improve security in the schools.

“I don’t want this to become an opportunity to bash the school officials,” Willis said. “So I’m going to moderate it and limit public comments to five minutes each.”

Willis said he hopes the dialogue will encourage other communities around Calhoun County to hold similar meetings.

“I think these meetings have got to be done,” Willis said. “One of the things I’ve found, it eases anxiety if people are informed and have a chance to give their suggestions. We might be able to ease parents’ concerns and put to rest any anxiety students may be having.”


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