Area schools review security plans after Conn. mass shooting


by Johnny Archer

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 17 at 3:11 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) --In light of Friday’s mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the Jeffersontown Police Department has increased their presence around the seven schools in the city.

In addition to the 5 to 7 officers on staff, the police department will place an officer in each school.

Melvin Bowen has a child who is in fourth grade at Jeffersontown Elementary School. Bowen says he is happy to hear there will be a police officer at his child’s school.

“I think it’s necessary, especially to the children who are concerned or scared,” Bowen said. “They see the police presence and seem more comfortable.”

At Jeffersontown Elementary School, school officials want to have a normal school day and reduce any anxiety kids or parents might have.

“If anything does come up on the part of the students, we’ll say things in general terms like, ‘A very terrible thing happened. We are so sorry for those families. But you are safe here and you are loved here. Your families take good care of you and we are going to take good care of you at our school,” Jeffersontown Elementary School Principal Scott Cooper said.

Even though there is no imminent threat in Jeffersontown, the police department wants to make sure people feel safe.

“I think we need to do a little bit more,” Jeffersontown police Chief Rick Sanders said. “We need to have more presence so we can bring comfort to the parent dropping off the child and also bring comfort to the children who are dealing with this. This is a way for us to do our part.”

A Jefferson County Public School spokesperson says the district is not making any immediate changes to their safety protocol.

He also says district officials constantly evaluate their current procedures.