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Governor Visits Roberson High
Governor Visits Roberson High
Posted on 04/23/2018
N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper speaks in the Media Center at T.C. Roberson High School.N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper and N.C. Rep. Brian Turner pose with theater students in the T.C. Roberson High School auditorium.
N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper take a tour of T.C. Roberson High School.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper visited T.C. Roberson High School today to present his proposals for improved school safety, but the serious topics didn’t stop him from enjoying a quick tour.

Cooper talked with school counseling and nursing staff, met the staff from the school newspaper, tasted pancakes from the brand-new ProStart Kitchen (“they were amazing,” he said), and watched theater students perform a scene from Legally Blonde: The Musical, which runs April 26-28.

Several Roberson social studies classes got a real-world civics lesson as they gathered in the media center for a press conference, joined by BCS Superintendent Dr. Tony Baldwin and Head School Resource Officer (SRO) Lt. Mike Ruby. There, Cooper proposed additional funding for school safety efforts in his upcoming recommended budget, including extra funding for school counselors, nurses, and SROs.

“School nurses, counselors, social workers, and others have a critical role in youth mental health,” Cooper said. “They can often spot signs of trouble. They can get kids extra attention that they need.”

Roberson Principal Bonnie Johnston thanked Cooper for coming to the school and praised the students for being engaged with issues that affect their lives.

“They understand what he was talking about,” she said after the press conference ended. “They talk about the structure of government in their classes, and this was such a good real-life experience for them to see somebody talk about a proposal they have. It was very impactful that they got to hear him say that.”

Roberson junior Ashley Teague, who is taking Advanced Placement U.S. History this semester, said she was excited to meet Cooper, along with N.C. Rep. Brian Turner, who also attended the event.

“Students are more informed now than ever,” she said. “These issues can be controversial and polarizing, and people get passionate about them. For us, even though we’re not old enough to vote, we can still become more aware of how problems are solved and how to get involved in solving them.”

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