Bullitt County schools increase law enforcement presence

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by Karma Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 21, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 21 at 8:36 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The National Rifle Association broke its silence on Friday about last week's shooting in Connecticut.

Two protesters interrupted Friday’s news conference and were both escorted out. As the NRA calls for armed security at every school in America - Bullitt County schools had law enforcement at all their schools Friday.

I was afraid that someone would try to do something just ridiculous today somewhere so the extra help is a really good idea”, Patricia Stately, the mother of two Bullitt County students, said.

Friday, the last day before break the Bullitt County School District has partnered with local law enforcement to put at least one officer at every campus for the day.  They say it's not in response to a credible threat, but to put people's minds at ease after a stressful two weeks.

“It's been kind of a perfect storm because we had an incident last week where we had a student make an inappropriate comment on Facebook that kind of spread around and this child was arrested and then there became rumors, and then Connecticut happened and then there was something about the Mayan calendar and end of the world today, and then Monday a student at North Bullitt brought a handle of a toy gun and he’s arrested….” Keith Davis, Superintendent of Bullitt County Schools, said. 

The officers on campus are short term, but Friday the head of the National Rifle Association suggested making them a permanent fixture nationwide as answer to gun violence.

“We're educators, when we need an ambulance we call an ambulance, when we need a policeman we call a policeman, so if the community feels that's a priority, I’m surprised at the N.R.A I guess to say that, but if that's what we as a community want, then it's going to cost”, Davis said.

However the district is looking at raising campus security across the board, making schools like the Roby Elementary the standard, requiring all visitors to be buzzed in and video surveillance of school grounds. The superintendent says he's looking into larger scale security but taking into account the potential social consequences.


 

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