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School Safety Comes First!

August 28, 2018

 

Dear Parents / Guardians:

It is the goal of every educational entity in our community to give students the most rigorous and engaging education possible.  Therefore, we must have a safe learning environment that is free from fear. 

Representatives from our local schools and school districts have been meeting regularly with law enforcement agencies and other first responders for several months to discuss school safety.  We have discussed and will continue to discuss various trainings, assessments and relationships that will make our buildings even safer places for our students.  We will never let down our guard and will always make safety the highest of all priorities.

We also need your help.  You can assist us in ensuring that no one makes threats to our school safety.

Since the tragedies in Marshall County, Kentucky and in Florida, our local schools have investigated many non-credible threats.  Individuals sometime choose to post a threat on social media or another online outlet, leave a threatening note or threaten a school in other ways.  Our schools and law enforcement agencies will investigate all of these threats by using every means possible, identify the perpetrator and prosecute that person to the fullest extent of the law.  A court-designated worker will be assigned to the case if the person is a juvenile.  Schools and law enforcement will recommend that the person making the threat should be lodged in the appropriate correctional facilities.

The line, “I was just joking,” is very popular among those who have made threats.  After making the threat, they will soon discover that we will not be joking when we prosecute anyone who makes a threat.  It will not be a funny matter.

Anyone who makes a threat against one of our schools, our students or staff runs the risk of forfeiting the right to attend that school.  If a student should desire to continue their schooling in a particular school district, it will likely be at an alternative location.  Moreover, there will be no extra-curricular activities, such as games, proms, club activities, etc.  Their lives will change drastically and our schools will remain the safe places they are today. 

If your child sees or hears about a threat in person or on social media, please encourage them to tell a school staff member or adult immediately and to not “like” or “share” it on social media.  If they see or hear about it after school hours, please contact law enforcement immediately.

We encourage our parents to be very attentive to your child’s social media accounts.  It is extremely positive for them to see you have interest in who or what is influencing them.  

When we work together, all things are possible for your children – our students.  If you have questions, please contact your child’s principal, one of the local districts’ central offices or any law enforcement agency.

 

Respectfully,

 

Jon Ballard

Superintendent, Elizabethtown Independent Schools

 

Mickey Brangers

Superintendent, West Point Independent Schools

 

Jeff Cross

Radcliff, KY Chief of Police

 

Sr. Marie Hannah, O.P.

Principal, St. James Catholic Regional School

 

Debbie Hardin

Principal, North Hardin Christian Elementary School

 

Dr. Clayton Hunt

Principal, North Hardin Christian High School

 

Matt Johnson

Commander, Kentucky State Police Post 4

 

Jamie Land

Elizabethtown, KY Chief of Police

 

Kenny Mattingly

Vine Grove, KY Chief of Police

 

Teresa Morgan

Superintendent, Hardin County Schools

 

Jenny Oldham

Hardin County Attorney

 

John Ward

Hardin County Sheriff 





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