Yesterday, February 23, 2018, the Ballard County Sheriff's Office assisted Ballard County Schools with some LOCKDOWN/INTRUDER drills.
These drills were only conducted with the Middle School and High School students. We also participated in a group meeting and LOCKDOWN/INTRUDER drillwith all of the Elementary School and Preschool staff after school.
These drills and meetings were conducted, with care and caution, in an effort to try to reduce harm in the rare chance that something like this might occur in Ballard County. Among other things, children were taught active shooter protocol, including how to remove themselves from a bad situation.
Following the drills, the teachers were asked to speak with the children about the drill and what they might do had this been a reality. I was encouraged by the responses that the children had following the drill.
Yes, they took the drill a little more serious than they probably took previous drills. They literally "thought" about what was going on this time. All of the classrooms excelled in this exercise of "reducing harm" this time. I am encouraged to believe that this exercise has equipped our children to be better prepared to act in the rare circumstance that this occurs at our school in the future.
The school administration handled these drills with care, in a manner that made our children think. This morning it is my belief that our children went to school, not afraid, but feeling empowered to believe that they know what to do if such an occurrence happened here.
It is sad that our world has arrived at a point where it is necessary to educate our children to be prepared for this kind of event, but we also won't sit by idly and not have our children equipped with the knowledge to protect themselves.
Please feel free to call Ballard County Schools at (270)665-8400 if you have any questions or concerns.
Ballard County Sheriff