What's New at School?

A student’s perspective on law enforcement at school


November 17, 2022

By Wyntr McCauley

Guest Student Columnist

DAYTON–Columbia County Sheriff Joe Helm and his deputies have a presence at the High School (DHS) which is proving a benefit for both students and staff.

I felt compelled to inform my community about the topic of law enforcement on school grounds and expose the benefits of having deputies in our high school.

Sheriff Helm has hired a lot of new deputies this year, many of which have been involved within Dayton High School. The deputies are here during school hours, greeting kids and making our school experience fun and safe. I want to express my appreciation to those deputies.

Sheriff Helm did a wonderful job hiring these deputies, it seems. They each have their own personalities and are very involved with all the students. “Deputy Blake is super cool,” said a DHS student. “He’s, my favorite.”

“I like having deputies here, they are super fun,” another DHS student expressed in excitement.

The deputies have made more of an impact on us as students than anything else. Behavioral issues have seemed to decrease as well as conflicts.

As a leader in Dayton High School and my community, I thought it was appropriate to share the positives happening within our student body. I truly believe Sheriff Helm knew what he was doing when hiring these amazing guys. He knew what was best for our community. The student body enjoys the interactions and involvement of the deputies. We greatly appreciate it, Sheriff!

-McCauley is a junior at Dayton High School and holds leadership roles as the ASB Vice President, FFA Secretary, Honors Society President, and District VI FFA Reporter.


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