Hardin County Schools and Elizabethtown Independent Schools have partnered with other local schools, school districts and law enforcement agencies to discuss the seriousness of school safety.
HCS, EIS, West Point Independent Schools, St. James Regional Catholic School and North Hardin Christian School officials have been meeting regularly with representatives of the Elizabethtown Police Department, Radcliff Police Department, Vine Grove Police Department, West Point Police Department, Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, Kentucky State Police, the regional Federal Bureau of Investigation office, the Department of Homeland Security, Hardin County Emergency Management, local fire departments and the Hardin County Attorney’s Office. Participants talk candidly about training techniques and methods to keep students and staff safe at school.
At a recent meeting, participants worked together to write a letter to go home with all students in the previously mentioned schools. The letter focuses on the risks of making threats or passing threats on social media or other avenues.
Here is an excerpt from the letter:
“Our schools and law enforcement agencies will investigate all 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.”
“Our students and their parents deserve to have a feeling of confidence when it comes to school safety,” HCS Superintendent Teresa Morgan said. “Any student or adult who makes a threat and compromises that confidence will be held accountable. We want people to realize that making a threat is not a wise choice.”
Morgan added: “We truly appreciate our partners in this endeavor. This letter proves that each of our schools, our law enforcement agencies, our first responders and our local prosecutors are united in stopping threats. We want every student to feel completely safe at school.”
The letters went home with HCS students on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 along with information on the district’s Safe School Helpline. CLICK HERE to see the letter from educators and law enforcement agencies.
HCS and EIS students also watched a video produced by Hardin County Education and Community Television (a division of Hardin County Schools) that supports the letter signed by first responders and school officials. The video includes the following:
- Mrs. Morgan
- EIS Superintendent Jon Ballard
- Hardin County Sheriff John Ward
- Kentucky State Police Post 4 Commander Matt Johnson
- Elizabethtown Police Chief Jamie Land
- Radcliff Police Chief Jeff Cross
- Vine Grove Police Chief Kenny Mattingly
The video is available on the HCS district website, the HCS social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and the HCEC-TV YouTube channel. A direct link to the video is available by CLICKING HERE.