Donna Gearhart Obituary, Death -Donna Gearhart, 41, of Camden, was killed when a Toyota Camry collided with her as she crossed the street.
Dr. Harrison Goodwin, Superintendent of the Kershaw County School District, issued the following statement: “We send our deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers to the family of our Pine Tree Hill student who was directly impacted by this morning’s tragic accident.”
“Our priority in the coming days will be to support this student and his family, as well as our staff and other students who have been affected.” Counselors will be on hand to help students and staff, and we will provide any additional assistance that the school and transportation department may require.”
Despite the tragic and unending tempo of school shootings in America, a sizable number of districts across the country admit they have not yet briefed their staffs on how local law enforcement would respond to an active shooter on their campuses, according to an exclusive nationwide effort by the Hearst Television National Investigative Unit, with assistance from Hearst Newspapers, to seek answers from every public school district in the country.
It is difficult to staff professional security personnel on school campuses, according to one-third of the districts that responded to the Hearst survey. Thirty-three percent, or one in every three, reported a lack of a police department, a sworn law enforcement agency, or a school resource officer in their district. More than 6% said they currently have all of these types of personnel protecting schools.
At the start of the school year this September, a 15-item questionnaire distributed to school districts across the country captured a unique snapshot of how schools are addressing safety – and revealed those who admit they are falling short of securing their schools. The findings also highlight new classroom safety initiatives, such as those put in place following this year’s school shootings in Sandy Hook, Parkland, and Uvalde.