Churches discuss security issues

Church shootings like the Nov. 5 massacre at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a lone gunman murdered 26 worshippers and wounded 20 others has raised safety concerns among Johnston County churches.

“Sutherland Springs is about the same size as Micro,” said Rev. Dwayne Batten, Princeton Baptist Church pastor. “We say it can’t happen here, but the problem is, it can happen anywhere.

“We need to be prepared for anything in Princeton. As the pastor, I have a responsibility to protect the flock,” said Batten.

Because security has been a topic at many churches since the Texas shootings, Johnston Baptist Association held a church security best practices meeting on Thursday, Nov., 16 at New Life Baptist Church.The meeting was open to all churches but closed to the media.

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Investigators work at the scene of a mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday Nov. 5.

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