Knox County emergency responders review school safety plans

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - In light of the Newtown school shooting, police and other emergency responders in Knox County are reviewing all of the school safety plans.

Dozens of responders held a meeting Wednesday to go over the plans.

The Barbourville mayor says ever since the Newtown shooting, parents and grandparents are asking him about school safety.

"Since the last shooting, it's opened a lot of people's eyes," Mayor David Thompson said.

All Knox County schools have an emergency response plan in place, but the mayor wanted to get all of the emergency responders together and review the plans.

"This meeting is not specifically aimed at a weapon. It could be fires, tornadoes, or any other emergency," Mayor Thompson said.

"Parents or grandparents should not have any concerns with sending their children anywhere. This is just an opportunity to review the procedures that are in place to make any advancements or improvements that need to be made," said Det. Steve Owens with the Barbourville Police Department.

Emergency responders say these are plans they hope to never use, but say if an emergency happens, they are ready.

"Anytime you have agencies working together, you're going to have a fast response, a very quick response," said Trooper Shane Jacobs with Kentucky State Police.

"Doing everything they can to ensure the safety of everyone in the school system," said Det. Owens.

Officials are telling parents the schools are considered safe.

"We want the teachers, we want the students to feel safe in their school. They should be safe," said Trooper Jacobs.

Mayor Thompson said he thought this meeting was crucial just to go over all of the plans.

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