Superintendents react to lawmaker's effort to arm teachers
RICHMOND, Ky. - A fight involving several students at Scott County High School on February 22 resulted in the assault of an officer and two staff members.
“I had a teacher and administrator that were injured yesterday trying to keep kids safe,” Scott County Superintendent Kevin Hub said. “I've got 1,500 employees in Scott County Schools that, in an instant, do what they can to keep kids safe.”
The recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has sparked a conversation on how to best protect students. Legislators in the Commonwealth, and the nation's president, have floated the idea of arming teachers to protect from events similar to those at Stoneman Douglas and Marshall County.
Republican Representative Wesley Morgan, introduced a resolution that would allow individual school boards the option to arm teachers.
"Nothing is going to change until you put a deterrent in the schools,” Morgan said.
Not everyone is on board, though. Fayette County Superintendent Manny Caulk said that instead of asking teachers to put their lives on the line, the best position possible is to have trained law enforcement officers at every school.
Hub seconded Caulk’s statement, saying education professionals are not law enforcement.
“We're not members of the military,” Hub said. “Clearly, we need fewer guns in schools, not more.”
Kentucky Education Association President Stephanie Winkler called schools a safe haven.
“Educators are looked at to be every profession and we just can't be,” Winkler said. “We are there to teach and help kids think and create and develop into productive citizens.”
Many school districts have said their current safety measurements are under review.
Madison County Schools said they are open to enhancing their current security measures, mentioning additional security and metal detectors.
“There is always room for improvement and we are using this opportunity to figure out what would make our campuses even more secure for our students and staff," Community Education Director Erin Stewart said.
Bourbon County Superintendent Amy Baker said that the district is evaluating all avenues of school safety to ensure student safety.
Districts are continuing to work to ensure the safety of both students and staff.