The dangers of possible school shootings are in a lot of people’s thoughts these days due to several incidents that have occurred around the country in recent years. In order to educate teachers and other school personnel, the Kentucky State Police are offering a program focusing on how to handle school shooter situations.
Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said approximately 15 troopers were involved in the Safe School Active Shooter class at Southeast Kentucky Community & Technical College’s Harlan Campus on Friday.
“Basically what this class is, we come into the school and look over the classroom and hallways and arrange different school shooter scenarios,” Jacobs said. “The faculty gets to hear live gunfire, learn a little bit about self-defense and what to do if somebody enters their school with a weapon.”
Jacobs said the class is available to all schools.
“It’s to educate the faculty about what they can do and learn more about safety in these situations,” Jacobs said. “They’re learning how to fight, what gunfire sounds like in a school, what to be looking for, it’s just a great program.”
Friday’s program involved faculty and other staff from the SKCTC campuses around the area, including Harlan, Cumberland and Pineville.
“They’ve all gathered here today to learn,” said Jacobs. “We hear of another school shooting too often, and we don’t want this to happen in our area. We don’t want to become a statistic, so we want our teachers, principals and other staff members to know how to handle that situation and hopefully to deter this from ever happening in our area. That’s the whole reason behind this.”
Jacobs said along with troopers from Post 10 in Harlan, troopers from Post 13 in Hazard were also on hand to assist with the program.
He said any school in Harlan, Bell or Knox counties that wants to participate in the program should contact their coordinator, Lt. Jason Adams, at Post 10 in Harlan at 606-573-3131.
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