Local parent starts petition to increase school security

Local parent Mark Fields seeks 10,000 signatures for his petition to “provide each of our city and county public schools with an on-duty police officer or sheriff during the hours that children are in attendance, while simultaneously working to develop and implement a permanent plan to ‘Protect Our Children’ while in the custody of our public schools.” (Pictured: An incident from May, 2007, when Asheville High School was placed on lockdown. Photo by Bill Rhodes)