Simpson County community discusses school safety needs at open forum

FRANKLIN, Kentucky (WBKO) -- Community members, teachers, parents, and school leaders came together in Simpson County today to discuss the issue of safety inside their schools.

"We wanted to create a forum so people could come in and talk about that and hear what we're already doing and some things that we're thinking about doing to kind of improve our school's safety and securty for our kids." said Dr. Jim Flynn, Superintendent of Simpson County Schools.

Community members spoke to school officials and first responders in attendance to share their concerns.

"I just hope something gets done that will help to make it a safer place for the kids." said Frank Gooch, a community member.

Tonight's forum provided a lot of insight, and showed that it takes a county wide effort to ensure the safety of students.

"Things are not going to get better, it just seems that they're going to get worse, but we can still do everything we can to try and make it a better place." Gooch added.

While there are a lot of things being done at Franklin Simpson High School to prepare for catastrophic events, community members, parents, and school officials say there is always room for improvement.

"We've heard some suggestions of putting policemen, security guards, in the school so the children can see it and already know that that will be happening, checking backpacks, checking entry ways into schools, and not making getting into the school so easy." said Jane Lewis, a longtime Simspon-Countian.

"We're doing a lot with both preparation, prevention and response," added Dr. Flynn. "We're looking at some enhanced communication technologies that will allow us to have better preparenedess, better communication."

Leaders informed the public that there are plans and teams in place that are prepared for any scenario, and the overall messaged seemed to resonate with the community.

"We don't want to be reactive, we want to be proactive, and I think this is a great first step to getting everybody collaborating and working together to get this done." said Lewis

School officials say they will meet with staff and emergency teams to review the topics discussed so that they can continue to make Simpson County Schools a safe place to learn.

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