Connecticut shootings prompt new school safety plan in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. (WKYT) - Police Chief Wayne Bird is spending a lot of time this week inside the city’s school building, that’s home to more than 800 students.

“From now on, we’re going to make sure that you are going to see more police on campus,” said Chief Bird.

Policeman are usually always armed when they’re inside the school buildings. And Bird says they’ve received specific training on the worst case scenerios.

“We’ve always had a plan in place since Columbine. All of our officers became involved in rapid deployment active schooter training,” said Bird.

Both the superintendent and the police chief say what can be done in the short term if funds were made available is make sure that a school resource officer is inside the schools whenever the schools are open.

Yet superintendent Dennis Byrd says in their small town….officers commonly drop by unannounced anyway.

“A lot (of the officers) have their children here. It’s not unusual to pull in here and see police,” said Byrd.

In the coming weeks police say they expect to come up with a new safety plan and the schools chief say he’s already implementing some plans of his own.

“I have an electrician coming today and he’s going to look at a buzzer on the door going to the reception area; we can keep that locked,” said Byrd.

School safety experts say the kind of shooting that happened in Newtown requires a response of just a few minutes.

“In any given time we are here in 15 to 20 seconds,” said Chief Bird.

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