Reported and Written by WVUA 23 Reporter Cienna CorglianoA local school has been recognized and awarded for their efforts to keep their students safe.The Alabama Safe Schools Initiative Award honors schools that have outstanding safety plans. Attorney General Steve Marshall personally presented this award on April 15 to Eastwood Middle School.“We clearly don’t want to be that national story where we hear about tragedies that take place around the country where the individuals come to school to do violence,” Marshall said. “Part of the initiative here is to take what’s working well in Alabama and allow that to be replicated in a way where it works for local school systems.”After receiving 92 submissions, the attorney general’s office honors the private school winners across north, central, and southern Alabama as well as the eight state school board districts.“To be able to award them one of our awards of excellence,” Marshall said. “To be able to demonstrate that they’re not only doing school safety well, but they’re allowing other schools to be able to come here and learn from them. It’s a great opportunity for them to highlight good work being done in school safety in this area.”Marshall said many things distinguish Eastwood from others and explained how the judges decide which schools have the best safety plans.“There are multiple criteria that we look at whether it be the interaction with students and the involvement in students, the comprehensive nature of the plan, the effort to not only be able to incorporate law enforcement and non-profit work in a school setting,” Marshall said. “Eastwood was one of those that stood out among the applications and that’s why we’re here to award it today.”Eastwood Middle Principal Eric Hines said a large number of people and organizations help keep his school safe and that the school is very fortunate.