Kentucky Schools Hope To Take Proactive Approach With "Safe Schools Week"

WARREN COUNTY Ky. (WBKO) - Safety has become a top priority at schools around the nation. Across the Commonwealth, they are taking it a step further by designating one week a year "Kentucky Safe Schools Week".

"This is an opportunity for us as a district to really hone in next week and focus on what they can do in the schools if they feel threatened or if they are being offered drugs and alcohol. What can they do? How can they report that," says Todd Hazel, Student Assistance Coordinator.

Warren County Schools hired school resource officers in 1999 to offer students an additional set of eyes and ears for any situation that makes them uncomfortable.

"Bullying is something that everybody is concerned about and we let the kids here know that if you have a problem make sure to tell us. If there is one thing we can't do, it is read minds," says Officer Richard Kirby.

Resource officers are in every Warren County high school. Officer Kirby says his job is vital because times have changed.

"Across the board there was more respect for principals and police at that time. Today, having school resource officers in the schools is a proactive approach," says Officer Kirby.

It's that approach that Warren County hopes will keep kids feeling safe in the classroom. Although next week is designated for safety, it's always on the districts minds.

"We want to continuously build an awareness for students and we want students to know that they have somebody in the building they can talk to if they don't feel safe," says Hazel.

Warren County says their approach now. may prevent potential problems in the future.

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