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Oak Mountain Middle School honored

Pictured (l-r) are Supt. Randy Fuller, Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, Student Council Pres. Cecilia Crego, Principal Larry Haynes and Attorney General Troy King (photo source Shelby County Schools) Pictured (l-r) are Supt. Randy Fuller, Rep. Mary Sue McClurkin, Student Council Pres. Cecilia Crego, Principal Larry Haynes and Attorney General Troy King (photo source Shelby County Schools)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Oak Mountain Middle School was honored Monday for its strong emphasis on school safety.

Cindy Warner, public information officer for Shelby County Schools, said Alabama Attorney General Troy King presented the school Monday with the 2009 Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Award of Excellence.  Warner said the school was selected after an independent panel of experts representing law enforcement, school administrators, and emergency response professionals, placed Oak Mountain Middle School among the top ten percent of state-wide safe school nominations.

King announced during a school-wide assembly Monday that Oak Mountain's nomination had been ranked first of all the ones submitted state-wide.

The award was created after a deadly shooting incident at Columbine High School to honor schools that place a strong emphasis on school safety.  Warner said Oak Mountain's School Resource Officer, Diana Du Cros, was instrumental in helping to develop the school's safety plan and nominated the school for the award.

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