New school resource officer brings support to students at Lighthouse Academy

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – At the Lighthouse Academy, a new school resource officer is doing his best to truly be a resource.

Andrew Stidham, a officer with Warren County Sheriff’s Office, said he never saw himself working in a school but has always wanted to operate in a service capacity. He’s been an officer since 2015 on the patrol beat, but he took the offer when it came along to be present in WCPS. In an interview with News 40, Stidham said, “I can’t explain it, but it feels like home.”

Road patrol and school campus patrol are “night and day” as Stidham put it, but he commented several times how much he enjoys his new role, even though it’s only been a few weeks. Stidham told us he does his best to interact with every student that comes through the doors and make them feel cared for. The 31-year-old officer voiced that he has always been big on respect and was raised to “treat people like people until they give you a reason not to.”

Stidham has a young child of his own, and a student we spoke to briefly said he feels like that might be why he is able to interact and relate to the students in the way he does such as joking around or playing basketball. Bryson, the student attributed the way Stidham handles his role to his “fatherly instinct.”