Searcy Newspaper Responds to Claims of Its Reporters Trespassing at Schools

Two schools called police Wednesday

SEARCY, Ark. - Amanda Money enjoys a day outside with the kids.

"I definitely feel safer with my kids closer to me every day," Money says.

The Searcy mom homeschools her four children but lives just blocks away from Searcy High School.

"If they were in school, I would be happy for them to be at Searcy," Money says.

Safety measures were tested on Wednesday after police say two newspaper reporters walked into schools unannounced.

"It appeared they were on an assignment to see how easily accessible it was to get into a school," Lt. Todd Wells with Searcy police says.

Both were working for The Daily Citizen. One entered Searcy High School. The other entered Riverview High School.

Searcy School District officials say they had already denied one of the reporter's idea of a surprise visit.

"In my opinion, they were upset that a reporter would try to pull this," Lt. Wells says.

Cops responded and both reporters were told to leave for trespassing.

The Daily Citizen declined our request for an interview but defended its actions in a statement , calling it an effort  "to truly, independently test whether the schools' measures are keeping students safe."

"I don't think that that helps any," Money says.

Money attended Searcy schools as a student.

She stands by her alma mater when it comes to evaluating security.

"They have their own way of testing that, and I think that they're doing that and that they're doing a good job of that," Money says.

School officials released a statement saying: "Searcy School District is not interested in an undercover operation for the benefit of a news story."

The two reporters were not arrested nor were they officially cited. Police say if they return to the schools without permission they could be subject to harsher consequences.

You can read the full statement from the Searcy school district here.

You can read the full statement from The Daily Citizen here.

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