Vail parent wants to start campus watch group to help with school safety

Published: Aug. 10, 2018 at 9:51 AM MST|Updated: Aug. 10, 2018 at 1:02 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - With gun violence on the rise, one parent in Vail hopes to take action to help his son and other southern Arizona students feel safe, especially at school.

Michael McDermott says he wants to form a parent watch group at his son's high school in Vail. He says he sees the group's duties as essentially serving as added security, watching over the school campus.

"Really we'd just be an extra set of eyes. Walking around the school at certain times of day with a walkie-talkie or a cell phone, just an extra set of eyes," he said.

McDermott says he's aware of the time and effort it would likely take to get the  group up and running at his son's campus, and at other school campuses.

"It would have to be coordinated with the school and the district and local law enforcement," he said.

If you're interested in working with McDermott for the parent watch group you can contact him HERE.

The inspiration to start the group came from seeing what so many young people did following February's deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

"The kids were so proactive," he said. "And then the march on Washington. That really galvanized me and I thought, 'Wow, we can really make a difference.'"

Now he's hoping to make that difference by putting his background as a Marine to use. McDermott says he would use skills he learned such as watching the perimeter, keeping tabs on people entering areas on campus, and making sure there's an easy mode of communication among parents to help the parent watch group be successful in keeping kids safe.

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