After multiple incidents in Richmond, Kentucky, both Richmond and Eastern Kentucky University police are urging area residents to take extra caution. The warnings follow the death of a missing woman, Amanda Bailey, the ongoing search for another woman, Savannah Spurlock, and a reported sexual assault near EKU’s campus.
"ID cards have been issued to every student at Marshall High School and Marshall Junior High School," Marshall ISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson said. "This is 100 percent a safety matter. This is an additional safety measure we can take to keep our kids safe while at school."
All district visitors will be required to present a valid state-issued ID in order to get a visitor pass and enter the school building. Upon scanning the state ID, school staff will be alerted as to whether the visitor is allowed on campus.
The Florida Senate Education Committee will discuss next week a bill for school safety that would allow trained classroom teachers to be armed on campus as school “guardians.”
Officials are testing three different models of the screening security plan: screen students as they walk in, screen students in a selected building and screen every student in randomly selected classrooms.
Today, school security and the safety of students and staff is one of the most debated topics in our country. Recent tragedies have highlighted the need for us to take a look at current practices and policies in place so that we can prevent losses in the future.
Emergency preparedness is a topic that should not be taken lightly. Whether the facility you manage is a school, manufacturing plant, church, or entertainment venue; having an up-to-date detailed action plan and effective equipment in place is the key to limiting damage and saving lives.
Concerns about school safety have increased in the wake of an altercation at Davidson High on Friday at about 9 p.m. after a basketball game. Two people were shot, and the suspect is currently at-large.
“We have gone way above what I think the normal school board and sheriff’s office has done so far in the state of Florida,” Johnson said. ”[Santa Rosa School Superintendent] Tim Wyrosdick’s commitment to the citizens of Santa Rosa County to keep their children safe is his No. 1 priority.”
According to Jennifer Burks, associate superintendent of technology and innovation, 12 of the district’s 14 middle and high schools have had state-of-the-art video systems installed, and the district is working on installing the equipment at the final two middle schools.