High school student appointed to School Safety Task Force

KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – A senior at South Lenoir High School was appointed to the State School Safety Task Force.

Governor McCrory created the program on safer schools in 2013 to help solve issues like bullying and drugs. Kolby Holland is the only student in the state.

“I am the eyes and ears of the student body under North Carolina and my school and over the school. I can actually see what is in the schools so I can tell people and actually have a voice in the meetings.”

The task force is comprised of 20 people including school board members, state officials and teachers. Holland says the quarterly meetings discuss topics like drugs and alcohol and shootings in schools.

“We all come up with ideas and they want to know if I think they would work and if I do I’ll say it, and if it wouldn’t work I would say no. That is what they like to hear.”

The well rounded teen was recommended to Representative John Bell by Lenoir County Commissioner J Mac Daughety.

“You want someone going to have maturity. You want someone who is a good communicator, and can take information back to the schools and can bring you feedback from the school system,” said Daughety.

Daughety says Holland is the perfect fit for the position.

“They just raved about what an outstanding member she had become and how she has sized issues and they were very pleased and we made a good choice.”

Holland will stay on the task force until she graduates.

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