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 A Publication of Brevard Public Schools
BPS School Resource Officer Update
By Matt Reed
Brevard Public Schools has deployed 27 armed security specialists to Space Coast campuses with a sobering mission: Confront school shooters with lethal force, if necessary.
The specialists will mostly patrol elementary schools that do not have full- time school resource officers, or “SROs,” assigned by local police departments or the Brevard Sheriff’s Office. All middle and high schools have SROs to provide armed protection, as do elementary schools in some – but not all – Brevard cities.
“This was no small feat, and we greatly appreciate our partners in law enforcement,” BPS Superintendent Mark Mullins said a press conference Monday Oct. 15.
“Society has changed, and we have to change with it,” Sheriff Wayne Ivey said. “The training has gone very well – in the classroom and on the range.”
The security specialists represent one of four “layers” of protection, Ivey said. The other layers are resource officers, active-shooter drills at schools, and voter-approved security upgrades to school buildings that have been funded by a half-cent sales surtax in Brevard.
Superintendent Partners With School Fashion Clubs for Breast Cancer Awareness
President of the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce, Michael Ayers, with Dr. Mark Mullins.
As part of the American Cancer Society’s ‘Real Men Wear Pink’ campaign, newly appointed Superintendent, Dr. Mark Mullins, tasked fashion clubs at local high schools with an interesting project – create pink ties for him to wear every day in October. Students from Viera, Rockledge, Satellite, and Palm Bay High hand-made 26 ties for Dr. Mullins to wear throughout the month in support of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Raising money via an online campaign to benefit the American Cancer Society, those who donate the most money in a day win the pink tie Mullins dons that day.
“I am proud to“wear pink”and have an opportunity to contribute to a cause that works tirelessly to educate and promote early detection opportunities for men and women, our moms, dads, brothers and sisters. In addition, we all benefit from the tenacious cancer research that is possible through this funding which will one day, we all trust soon, be able to completely remove the fear and devastation that cancer brings to our lives,” Mullins said.

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