Joint Statement of the Muhlenberg County Schools Supt. Robby Davis and Muhlenberg County Sheriff Curtis McGehee regarding school safety following the Parkland, Florida shooting of February 14, 2018
Muhlenberg County Schools Superintendent Robby Davis and Sheriff Curtis McGehee today issued the following joint statement:
“Like every American, everyone in the Muhlenberg County Schools and Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Office is heartbroken by the events that occurred in Parkland, Florida earlier this month and closer to home in Marshall County, Kentucky, on January 23.
We recognize that such a tragic incident could happen anywhere – in any workplace, any store, or any restaurant in the country – but we also recognize that schools are particularly vulnerable and are increasingly becoming targets of such horrible acts.
The Muhlenberg County Schools and Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Office are fully committed to ensuring that our schools are the safest places in our community. It is our top priority. No child should have to go to school in fear and every parent should have a reasonable expectation that his or her child will come home at the end of the day. Our resolve and commitment is stronger today than ever before.
Muhlenberg County Schools and the Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Office have been, and will be, partnering together to ensure that our schools are safe. City departments and state police have really stepped up with safety training and patrols. School Resource Officers (SROs) are assigned full-time to each high school campus. Another one works with middle and elementary schools. We are also seeing a much more visible police presence in our schools and anticipate that this will continue.
Our schools regularly perform lock-down drills to ensure that our faculty, staff, and students know what to do in the event of an incident. Our expectation is that school doors are locked during the day, with access to each building controlled by a school staff person who visually identifies every visitor before they are admitted to the building. Students are encouraged to talk to an adult about any concern.
In spite of these steps, we continue to work together to identify and implement tools and strategies that will make our schools safer, minimize their appeal as potential targets, and – ultimately – keep our children safe.
Fifty police officers, administrators, central office personnel, a representative from the Kentucky Center for Safe Schools (KCSS), and other first responders met recently to review and discuss our safety measures. There are plans to meet again as we continue to refine and improve what we’re doing in regards to safety.
We need our entire community to help us identify those who might threaten or bring harm to our students. Each student, parent, grandparent and community member must be a part of the solution. All of us working together is what it takes to maximize the safety of our students. Our kids deserve that. When in doubt – speak up!
Please call Muhlenberg County Dispatch at 270-338-2000 to report anything suspicious, whether it’s a comment or post on social media, a conversation overheard, your child’s remark at the dinner table about something another student said at school, or anything else that gives you pause. The Muhlenberg County Sheriff’s Office will work with the Muhlenberg County Schools and any other law enforcement agencies necessary to identify and investigate any threat, and we will take every legal action available to prosecute anyone who threatens the safety and security of our kids.”