Since the shooting at Columbine High School in 2001, Alabama’s Attorney General started recognizing schools in Alabama who boast the best safety precautions.

Two of the 12 schools in Alabama that received a safety award from the Attorney General last week are right here in Tuscaloosa.

On Friday, Jan. 31, Westlawn Middle School was awarded the “Alabama Safe School Award of Excellence” for the central region of Alabama.

“[We’re] being proactive by being able to highlight the schools that are doing well,” Attorney General Steve Marshall said. “We hope we create a culture of school safety around Alabama.”

Westlawn has been taking exceptional precautions such as having monthly safety meetings, they installed a new camera system and they have phones and key cards in every classroom.

On the same day that Westlawn received its award, Northridge Middle School was awarded the “Safe School Award For Alabama Board of Education District 4.”

Northridge recently started implementing the Tuscaloosa City Schools program “See Something Say Something” to stop any mistreatment in the school.

Northridge student Ford Espy was happy that the ceremony got to honor the people who are involved in keeping the school safe.

“People that are involved in the community and the school by protecting us,” Espy said.

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