Before Johnson County Schools return to classes next week, administrators are working with law enforcement to ensure faculty and staff are prepared for anything.

Hoping the worst never happens, or denying that it could happen in a small town like ours, is not an option. Reality has proven time and time again that hope and denial are not viable strategies.

Being proactive and opening the discussion about what to do is the only way to head off or mitigate a mass shooting tragedy. 

We are fortunate to have professionals like those with Kentucky State Police available for training like this, and to have school administration and staff willing to invest the time in learning these techniques. 

We saw in February how Johnson County schools and Paintsville Independent schools reacted to rumored threats. Administrators thanked their students for being forthcoming, and thanked local law enforcement for working so closely with them. 

Events like this week’s drills do more than just foster this relationship — they give educators real-world experience in a controlled, simulated environment. 

Safe Schools Coordinator Jason Joseph said the Marshall County shooting may have been worse had that school not also undergone similar training. It’s proven to be effective, and it will be given in all schools countywide.

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