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This year’s school safety data report has been released and show that drug and alcohol issues remain a priority concern. 

The Kentucky Center for School Safety report focuses on data from 2013 through 2014.


The Kentucky State Police post in Mayfield has been training school employees in how to respond in a crisis with a special training program that the post created.

Lt. Brent White says police have trained nearly 700 school staff members in 13 schools, and he says feedback indicates those employees feel more confident.


The McCracken County school board says walk through metal detectors are not a feasible safety measure for the community's new high school. Supervising Student Resource Officer Larry Zacheretti researched the option when a when a school board member inquired into the possibility of using the metal detectors. Zacheretti said an efficient metal detector screens 350 people every hour. He said screening 1,800 people every morning is not feasible. But he is confident in the district's safety measures already in place.

Illinois school administrators, teachers and law enforcement will meet today to discuss how to make Illinois schools safer.

Local police are providing security for schools in the Paris Special School District while administrators review and update safety plans. PSSD Director Mike Brown says Paris Police and Henry County Sheriff officers will be in each of the three schools in the district.

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The Tennessee Department of Education is planning a statewide School Safety Summit for next month. Department spokeswoman Kelli Gauthier says the meeting is a result of concerns following last week’s deadly elementary school shooting in Connecticut.

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.

Western Kentucky is a region whose residents have known the horror of a deadly school shooting. Since the 1997 Heath High School shootings in Paducah where three students were killed and five wounded, state law mandates that every public school have a safety plan. Those plans deal with a range of possibilities: from fire, train derailment, and earthquakes to an armed intruder or angry parent.