Juvenile crime impacting school preparedness

Juvenile violence impacting school preparedness

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Violent crimes committed by teens this year in Louisville is not only catching the eye of Metro Police but Jefferson County Public School leaders.

"I think we would benefit in district-wide training in preventing escalation of events," said board member Linda Duncan.

Those events, according to Duncan, can lead to violent tendencies including Wednesday's news of a student bringing a loaded gun to Stuart Middle School.  "There are ways to report if you're being threatened and adults can help without having to bring weapons to school," she said.

Duncan told WHAS11 the district has seen an increase in assaults and fights in schools, in large part because of the student's emotional state at home.  She's in favor of keeping resource officers in schools and wants to see district-wide training in how to treat children who've experienced - or witnessed traumatic events.

"Because that is what we are seeing in our schools right now.  Kids who have gone through traumatic experiences through these neighborhood issues and they bring that with them to schools," Duncan said.

More than a dozen juveniles have been arrested or charged with murder within the city this year.  LMPD giving warnings parents about the red-flags.

"If you have kids who are on social media with guns and flashing gang signs or saying they are in gangs, that is your wake-up call because they are high risk to be involved in things like this," Lt. McKinley said.

If you would like to learn more about the No More Red Dots program, you can call Eddie Woods at (502) 262 – 4841.

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