By Chris Gregory, Managing Editor

The bond between a Trousdale County Elementary student and the school’s resource officer was a cause of celebration during Thursday night’s School Board meeting.

Principal Demetrice Badru and board members recognized McKenna Linton, a first-grade student at TCES, as one of their ‘district highlights’ during the meeting. One of the three schools makes such a presentation to the board each month.

Linton, a student in Mrs. Gulley’s class, has become close to Monica Carson, who serves as the SRO at Trousdale Elementary. So much so, in fact, that Linton asked her mother to make a T-shirt with the phrase “When I grow up, I want to be just like Officer Carson.”

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TCES student McKenna Linton poses with Monica Carson, the school’s SRO.

“On the first day of school, Officer Carson came to me and told me about this sweet, sweet McKenna,” Badru said.

Carson said McKenna’s mother wrote a touching letter on her child’s behalf thanking the officer for the impact she has had on McKenna’s life.

“I was walking down the hall and starting reading the letter and started crying right off the bat,” Carson said.

Carson read the letter to board members, which stated in part: “… the influence you have on my daughter is amazing… She comes home talking of you and the games you play; how sweet you are and how she wants to be just like you.”

Linton’s deceased father had a military background, as does Carson – another reason the two were able to bond.

“I told her she’s not going to be like me; she’s going to be way better than me,” Carson said of McKenna. “She’s so bubbly and every day just brightens up everything!”

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