Some JCPS schools on heightened security after Thursday's shootings


by Gene Kang

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Updated Friday, May 18 at 3:26 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Jefferson County Public Schools are on heightened security Friday after two deadly shootings Thursday which happened near five elementary schools. 
Brandeis Elementary at 28th and Kentucky Street is only four blocks away from where the two separate shooting occurred.

The outbreak of violence has parents concerned as JCPS took extra precautions to protect students.

Parents like Steve Kilcran who dropped off his children at Byck Elementary with caution.

"This isn't the first time this has happened. There's been other times when there's a shooting down the road or something like that," Kilcran said.

His daughter Chloe, a 4th grader said: "I think it's scary a little bit. Something could have happened to the school or one of the students."

Myrdin Thompson, another JCPS parent, said: "Later on we certainly talked about it. I have a 5th grader and kindergartner who indicated that was a sad circumstance. I've always felt safe at the school."

JCPS sent many students, whose schools were near the crime scenes, to Central High School for pick up Thursday. Five elementary schools - Engelhard, Maupin, Carter, Byck and Brandeis - are under tight control after the shootings happened just blocks away from some of the buildings.

Police responded to a quadruple shooting at 32nd and Kentucky Thursday afternoon - two men died and the other two were injured. About an hour later, a woman was killed in a second shooting at 32nd and Greenwood. JCPS took immediate action.

Kimberly Thomas, JCPS mother said: "I think they should have more security for the children because it's kind of dangerous out here and the kids like to play."

JCPS officials said they agree with Thomas. Level 3 means all outdoor school activities are at a minimum and access to schools is tightly controlled by staff and principals.

As young as he is, Thomas' son said he has a simple message to those people causing the violence.

"Stop it," Byck Elementary student Robert Jones said.