Eastern Kentucky Elementary School Scare

By: Jon Sonnheim
By: Jon Sonnheim

Three separate school shootings across the country, all in the past week, have left six students and one principal dead.

Several other victims, injured and emotionally scarred.

Cumberland Elementary School heard these stories and wanted to make sure they weren't included in this grouping of school violence.
school violence is nothing new.

We've seen it too often in the past few years and again this week in Colorado, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

Monday night in Cumberland, police got a call alleging an 8th grade Cumberland Elementary student may be bringing a gun to school.

Officials responded shortly there-after.

"We actually stopped this student who had the allegations against him, before he even entered the building this morning. and he had no gun on him," Principal Sheila Hall said.

School officials say they determined the boy never made remarks about bringing a weapon.

"This did turn out to be a false allegation, and that's a positive thing," Principal Hall said.

Positive, because the students and faculty got practice for a very serious situation.

Officials say Kentucky schools have focused on safety issues in recent years by adding cameras, security guards, and doors locked from the outside so visitors have to be checked in.

Even though they say they're doing everything within reason, safety officials admit there's no perfect solution to an imperfect world.

Many schools across the region do have representatives attending the Kentucky Center for Safe Schools Conference in Louisville this week, where they learn how to deal with threats and keep local schools safe.

Just an ironic time to have this conference, with all the school violence nationwide.

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