The co-chairs of the General Assembly’s School Safety Working Group are praising the response to an alleged threat to Kentucky schools that resulted in a Kentucky man’s arrest last week.
Statements from Sen. Max Wise, R-Campbellsville, and Rep. John “Bam” Carney, R-Campbellsville, follow:
“I would like to thank KSP, the Anderson County Sheriff’s department and everyone else involved in Thursday’s arrests. We have great law enforcement in the commonwealth and this is just one example of their great work. We must all partner with them to do everything in our power to help keep our schools and communities a safe place to live, work and raise a family.” – Rep. John “Bam” Carney, Co-Chair, School Safety Working Group
“Kudos and endless thanks to KSP Trooper Satterly and the entire federal, state and local Law Enforcement community on the preventive work done. This was a textbook example of receiving a threat, gathering intelligence, working with all levels of law enforcement and making an arrest. There is no doubt that lives were saved and a tragedy was prevented because of law enforcement. As a Commonwealth, we must continue to make school safety a priority going forward.” – Sen. Max Wise, Co-Chair, School Safety Working Group
Kentucky State Police reported last week on the arrest an Anderson County man after finding evidence of a “credible and imminent threat to Shelby and Anderson County schools.” Police say the suspect had more than two hundred rounds of ammunition, a Kevlar vest, a 100-round high capacity magazine, and a detailed plan of attack.
The School Safety Working Group was formed this year to review policies and procedures on school safety and improvement plans, as well as collaboration among law enforcement, educators, and mental health professionals.
The group is expected to issue a report by the end of this year that identifies issues and strategies for improving the safety of Kentucky schools.