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Are schools any safer since Sandy Hook?

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After a shooting at a Colorado High School on Friday, the issue of safety in America's schools came back to the forefront. After a shooting at a Colorado High School on Friday, the issue of safety in America's schools came back to the forefront.
Angela Pike Angela Pike
Nicole Adell Nicole Adell

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After a shooting at a Colorado High School on Friday, the issue of safety in America's schools came back to the forefront. Saturday will mark one year since the Sandy Hook tragedy. Jefferson County Public School officials say in the last twelve months, the district has updated safety plans, provided more training and installed more technology to keep students secure.  

Friday morning parents of Bloom Elementary students clung to their children as they pulled them out of class early. A bomb threat was called in and the school was under a shelter-in-place advisory.

Parent Angela Pike picked her son up. "I was a little freaked out, I didn't want to leave him here for the whole day," she said. JCPS officials said a notification was sent out to parents.

Pike said she did not receive the notification, "I'm a little upset because I did not get any notification from Bloom at all."  

One local principal said it is important to keep parents minds at ease.

"They have every right to be concerned because of the unfortunate acts that have occurred over the years," said Newburg Middle School Principal Nicole Adell. "We as educators have worked to provide more communication to our parents about what is going on, when it's occurring and that helps," she said.  

JCPS officials said they have made the following improvements for student safety:
  • Airphones were installed in all schools except one
  • Homeland Security conducted security assessments of several schools
  • JCPS Safety and Emergency Procedures Manual were reviewed and updated
  • Training was conducted for employees on workplace violence and active shooters
  • Homeland Security, FBI, and Secret Service Briefing for JCPS  leaders on school shootings and school violence
  • Safety and Security training was conducted for administrators from schools
  • Training for school security staff on handling bomb threats and explosive devices found in school.  Training conducted by JCPS staff, FBI and ATF subject matter experts.
  • FBI training offered to Principals and Assistant Principals on school shootings, cyber crime, cyber bullying, and the current terrorism threat
  • Partnered with LMPD to apply for federal grant for School Resources Officers, and was awarded five new SROs for five new schools for next school year
  • Video cameras put on all buses
  • All schools updated their Safety and Emergency Procedures Plan
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