Lt. Brent White, operations officer of Kentucky State Police Post 1, gestures as he makes a point at a recent meeting of the Graves County Schools Safety Task Force. The meeting examined where the district has been, is now, and plans to go in terms of crisis prevention and safety preparation. “The first line of defense is the faculty and staff. More of our staff need to be crisis-intervention trained,” White told the group. He suggested testing the district’s crisis plan through a live-action drill involving a mock “active shooter” with only school employees in the building playing various roles. White said, “Train the adults to react under stress to put them into a position to succeed and survive.” A wide range of people attended the meeting, representing various aspects of the community, including law enforcement and first responders, health care and medical services, communication, churches, state government, and the school district. Pictured, from left, are Graves County Schools food services director Shelina McClain, KSP Post 1 Public Affairs Officer and Trooper First Class Jay Thomas, White, and David Warner of the Graves County Rescue Squad.
(Photo by Paul Schaumburg, Graves County Schools)