New School Resource Officer Supports Students at Lighthouse Academy
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — At Lighthouse Academy, a new school resource officer does his best to truly be a resource.
Andrew Stidham, an officer with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, said he never saw himself working in a school but always wanted to operate as a service. He has been an officer since 2015 on the patrol ground, but he accepted the offer when it came up to be present at WCPS. In an interview with News 40, Stidham said, “I can’t explain it, but it feels like home.”
Highway patrols and school campus patrols are “night and day”, as Stidham put it, but he has repeatedly said how much he enjoys his new role, even though it’s only been a few weeks. Stidham told us that he does his best to interact with every student who comes through the doors and feels cared for. The 31-year-old officer said he was always very respectful and was brought up to ‘treat people like people until they give you a reason not to’.
Stidham has a young child himself, and one student we spoke to briefly said he thought that might be why he was able to interact and relate to students the way he did. was doing, for example joking or playing basketball. Bryson, the student attributed the way Stidham handles his role to his “fatherly instinct”.