"We're not here to pick on them or, you know, we want them to see that we're here in a positive light."
Some days Loftis will wear khakis and a polo shirt to show students that officers are people apart from the uniform. Overall, he thinks few students dislike law enforcement.
Both Miaha and Rajah, another eighth-grade girl, said he had changed their perception of police.
"I don't like seeing police officers. He's the only one," Rajah, 13, said. "He's a good person and I appreciate him."
In addition to his daily conversations with students, Loftis is also a participant in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program. That was a requirement of the PRO program, and he was a little nervous when he joined. After meeting his student, his perception changed.
The student is doing better in school since joining the program, and Loftis enjoys spending time with the student. He and his wife took the student to a Christmas party through the program, and Loftis planned to take the student to the movies.
Other students might not see that work. But teachers and principals do.
"He's not just looked at as a police officer in the building. He plays many roles. He helps counsel students. He helps with discipline whenever those things arise. He's checking the building all the time. If anything goes on in the community over the weekends, he knows about it," said Stonewall Principal Donnell Gilliam.
Keeping his ear open and to the ground is an important part of Loftis' third duty as a PRO: protection.
Jessica Austin flipped off the lights in her classroom. Students crawled on the floor, silently huddling against the wall furthest from the door. Another teacher flipped the shades on a window.
It took less than 20 seconds.
Loftis and the Stonewall community take lockdown drills very seriously
"We've even tested some of the teachers, knocking on the doors, saying, 'Let me in,' just to see what they would do," Loftis said. "None of them make a sound; they don't open the door. The teachers are really good about knowing the procedures here."
Lockdowns are a part of the safety plan Loftis helped beef up when he came to the school this year. Recent events like the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school show the importance of having such procedures, he said.
That doesn't mean it's impossible to protect a school without a PRO, Gilliam said. But having a police perspective when it comes to designing and carrying out such plans is a benefit any school would appreciate.
"It's not that we don't feel safe, it's just the fact that that's an extra safety factor there on top of the relationships he build with the students," Gilliam said. "He's a definite asset to the building."
Austin said she never feels unsafe in the building, a sentiment echoed by her students. Loftis can't be everywhere, but Austin said the procedures in place at the school make her confident she won't be harmed.
Being asked to carry a gun would not make her feel that way.
"If I have to carry a gun, I think it would be time to leave the profession," said Austin, a teacher at Stonewall for the last six years.
Austin does know teachers who would favor being allowed to carry a gun. Calls for armed personnel in schools, most notably from the National Rifle Association, arose following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Right now it's illegal to carry a gun anywhere on school property in West Virginia, Gilliam said. Even if that weren't the case, he wouldn't want more firearms at the school.
Loftis is also against the idea. Teachers already have too much to worry about, he said.
"There's more to carrying a gun than just going out on a firing range for a few hours a week or a day," Loftis said. "Gun retention would be a big issue: How well is that person trained in retaining their gun if someone tried to take it?"
Several times a day Loftis walks the halls of the building to make sure the exterior doors are locked. He also pays attention to things that might be happening in the community and can tip off administrators if there's a situation that involves a student or a student's family.
Working with Loftis, and practicing his plans, is enough, Gilliam said.
"It would definitely make me feel uneasy if anyone other than Officer Loftis or another officer had a gun or any weapon in the building. I don't want any weapon in the building other than his," the principal said.
Loftis is prepared to protect the school in the case of an emergency. But that's not the only reason he's in the school.
From traveling to away games with the school's sports teams to sitting in on disciplinary hearings, Loftis' goals are similar to those of any other teacher: he wants to see his students grow, learn and succeed.