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School resource officer uses job to change lives
Friday, October 21, 2011


KERSHAW, SC (WIS) - Walking the halls at North Central High school is routine for School Resource Officer Carl Olson.

Keeping students safe had been his top priority for the last 4 years, but not his only one. Olson helps teach a law education class. He explains the judicial system.

"I'm passionate about working with kids," said Olson. "I'm doing what I feel like God put me here for. My parents raised me to give to my community. That's why I'm here. That's why I do what I do."

What he does reaches beyond the four walls of the classroom. In addition to teaching a drug prevention course, he also coaches football, basketball and track.

For some students at North Central High School, Carl Olson is more than just a School Resource Officer. In some ways he's like a father figure. Just ask Clarence Williams. "He's a good person," Clarence said.

Because of personal issues at home, 18-year-old Williams moved in with Olson this year. The two met when Olson was Clarence's football coach in middle school. They've formed a father-son like bond ever since.

Olson is very optimistic about Clarence's future. "This young man can make a difference too," he said. "I see it in him."

Clarence says Olson pushes him to make good grades and to pursue college. At the moment, the teenager wants to become a physical education teacher. It's a goal he plans to reach thanks to Olson's guidance.

"It showed me that no matter what type of adversity comes in my life, I can always overcome it," said Clarence. "And succeed as long as I work hard and try."

Source: http://www.wistv.com/story/15745870/school-resource-officer

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