Bob Jones Presented 2016 Attorney General's Safe Schools Award In AG Visit
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Monday, May 08, 2017

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall visited Bob Jones High School today to recognize the school for safety measures that create a positive environment for learning and protect students and faculty.
Mr. Marshall presented the 2016 Attorney General's Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence, given annually to only about a dozen schools statewide.

AG Steve Marshall, Principal Sylvia Lambert, Supt. Robby Parker

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall, Bob Jones Principal Sylvia Lambert and
Madison Schools Superintendent Robby Parker.

Attorney General Marshall told students in a large assembly that Bob Jones has a reputation not only for excellent academics and athletics but also now for maintaining a safe environment for students.
The award considers such things as faculty training, work with law enforcement including SROs, safey procedures and student involvement. "The most important is the student body itself: have they bought into the idea of school safety? Are they willing to push back against school bullying? Do they understand the problems of illegal drug use? It's a combination of factors and Bob Jones met all of the criteria," Marshall said.

The Attorney General's Safe School Award goes to one school in each of Alabama's eight state Board of Education Districts and to private schools in different regions of the state.
Bob Jones received the District 8 award for North Alabama.
Mr. Marshall said awards are not given out lightly.
"Each day that parents leave their children at school, they are entrusting what they hold most precious into the care of schoolteachers, principals and other staff. With these awards, we honor those who have achieved particularly high standards and set examples that others may follow. We are grateful for their service and commitment to protecting the children of Alabama."

Mr. Marshall added that social media and cyberbuillying make it imperative that parents be aware of their child's interactions because problems that can occur at school are often triggered by events off school campuses.