The following information was posted on the Johnson Co. School District Facebook Page from Superintendent Thom Cochran. There was a rumor of a possible threat at Johnson Central High School Monday morning. School Administration immediately began an investigation and additionally asked Paintsville City Police to become involved as we take any information regarding school safety with the upmost seriousness. Upon completion of the investigation, it was determined that the rumors were unsubstantiated.
Since Paintsville City Police were already on location, and due to the fact that JCHS had scheduled lock down drills at each of our schools, school officials decided to call in remaining First Responders and Emergency Management Teams to proceed with an unannounced lock down drill on both the Johnson Central High School and Johnson Co Middle School campuses. Mr. Cochran said they found many positives regarding their processes and procedures. Likewise, we discovered several items that need improvement. At the conclusion of the drill, Emergency Management and school officials met to debrief and discuss areas of concern. Per Kentucky State Law, schools must conduct two lock down drills per year. In order to better educate and prepare our students and staff in the case of emergency situations, Johnson County Schools will be conducting drills on a more frequent basis. Our goal is to have our students feel safe while being prepared for any type of emergency.
During this time of tragedy in our public schools across the United States, it is important that we are proactive in preventing any possible incident. I want to encourage each of you to talk to your children and to tell them to report any rumors or suspicious behaviors. It is so important that we have eyes and ears everywhere so that we can do our very best to prevent things before they happen. Remember that we also have the “Stop It Tip Line” on the Johnson County Home Page that can be used to anonymously report any concerns. Lock down drills began last week at Highland Elementary and WR Castle Elementary. Drills will be held on our remaining school campuses within the next couple of weeks.