School officials and first responders talk school safety
PARIS, Ky. (WTVQ) – Bomb threats can happen anywhere, anytime. That’s why school safety officials and first responders stay prepared.
According to Bourbon County Schools Police Chief Michael Jones, every situation should be taken seriously.
“We are here to make sure that your kids are safe. That’s the primary goal of school is to make sure your kids are safe and they are taught. Safety is the most important. We’re at an age, especially with social media, where people want to run to the scene. That’s the last thing you should do,” said Chief Jones.
Jones says that any situation where students might be in danger would be cause for a school-wide evacuation in Bourbon County.
“Anytime somebody would call and say that there would be an explosive device in the schools, it’s automatically taken seriously. We would contact local law enforcement, fire department, and ATF if there were true threats,” said Chief Jones.
Jones says that each school has its own detailed safety plan, and students and teachers undergo monthly drills to ensure they’re prepared. According to Jones, this ensures the drill protocol is like “muscle memory.”
“Don’t panic. That’s what the adults are for, that’s what you trained for, that’s why we have drills,” said Chief Jones.
According to Georgetown-Scott County EMS Director Michael Hennigan, the most important thing for parents to do is remain calm.
“I understand the instinct is to go to the school where your child is. But you need to stop and take a second and wait for the school and emergency services to tell you where the reunification point is going to be,” said Hennigan.
Hennigan says that Georgetown-Scott County EMS keeps direct and open communication between schools and first responders to ensure that any incident will be handled as quickly as possible.