“I Was Just Doing My Job,” Says Clarksburg High School Police Officer
Two weeks ago as the nation was trying to come to grips with a horrific school shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., Montgomery County Police Officer Troy Melott reported to his post as the School Resource Officer at Clarksburg High School with the same mentality that he goes to school with every day.
Melott told reporters on Wednesday that he considers that possibility of a school shooting as part of his job every day. “I think about that every day when I come to school. There could be a day that I don’t go home. My job is to protect the people I serve in the community. That is part of my mission statement. That is part of being a police officer. It is tragic, and we hope that it will never happen in our community. But, the fact of the matter is that we have to go work and school every day and live our lives. At any given time it could happen at any school. We are all vulnerable,” said Melott.
“I didn’t think about it any more than I would on any other day. I did my job to make sure that I am protecting the students that I am called to protect.”
Later on when Melott was asked about engaging a possible shooter in the school, even one with overmatched firepower, the father of two one teenager and one 21-year-old said, “When I took this job as a police officer, part of my mission statement was to lay down my life for others, like those who have come before me. Absolutely, that is part of my job, and that is what I would do to protect those that I serve.”
It was Melott, along with the Clarksburg security team, who received word that 18-year-old Alwin Chen had brought a handgun into school on Thursday, Feb. 15.