Hailed as Heroes: Anderson County Schools honors New Jersey mom, officers who helped stop threat

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ANDERSON COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - A New Jersey mom acted on instinct to keep her own children safe. That decision helped protect hundreds of students thousands of miles away in the Commonwealth.

"The November regularly-scheduled meeting of the Anderson County School Board has come to order," Board Chair Roger McDowell said. The Anderson County Board of Education meets monthly. Monday night was no different.

McDowell said, "I think the Lord has honored our prayers and has protected us."

The district's mission is 'Safe. Prepared. Responsible.'

"It brings realism to the forefront. It puts a face on evil," Anderson County Sheriff Joe Milam said. "So many things could have happened, so many balls could have been dropped if she had ignored it, but she didn't. She decided to make the call."

A social media threat against a New Jersey mom led police to a home in the Commonwealth, arresting Dylan Jarrell, 21. Police say his threats weren't idle, that he planned a mass shooting in Anderson County.

"Safety is our number one priority. We love our children and want to protect them," Superintendent Sheila Mitchell said.

Monday, the district thanked the very people who helped halt tragedy.

"We avoided what could have been a tragedy that day because of Ms. Koeberle Bull, Kentucky State Police Trooper Josh Satterly, Lieutenant Shawn Darby and Detective Jason Briscoe. Ms. Koeberle Bull was protecting her children and in return protected the students of Anderson County Schools."

"With the state police, it's all about the state police to me. It's not about me. It never will be. I live by our motto, service above self, and whatever community I'm working in I'm going to give them 100 percent," Trooper Josh Satterly said.

The New Jersey mom appeared on video conference during the board meeting. Next, she'll be shaking the hands of folks in Anderson County. Bull has a visit planned for later this month.

The Anderson County Sheriff's Office continues to work with Anderson County Schools on adding additional school resource officers to the district.

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