Lawmaker Says Kentucky Schools Are Not Safe Enough

Dec 18, 2012

State Representative Richard Henderson says security needs to be stepped up in all Kentucky schools. The Mount Sterling democrat says much has been done to improve child nutrition and learning inside the buildings but not enough attention has been paid to keeping kids safe.

He's calling for creation of a state task force to explore options to upgrade security across the Commonwealth. Henderson says he's not advocating any particular solution.

"There’s not a one plan will fix everything," Henderson said. "What I’m asking to do with the task force is I’m going to file a bill in the general assemble in January and I am going to request that the general assemble properly fund and to formulate a plan for uniformed security and to try to make our schools as safe as possible."

Henderson says many rural schools can't afford additional safety officers or technology for their buildings, so there's great disparity among districts with regard to campus security.