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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky State Police are offering new training to better prepare teachers for a school shooting.
After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary last December, the KSP Commissioner determined more could be done to better train school staff in Kentucky.
The agency developed a program where troopers go into schools and develop a lockdown and response plan. Troopers also conduct hands-on role-playing scenarios.
The principal at a middle school in Ballard County, Kentucky was one of the first to request training.
Kevin Estes, Ballard Co. Middle School Principal, explains, "The training provided realistic scenarios in a very stress-induced environment -- something that we as educators do not practice on daily or even yearly."
The training has to be requested by school administrators -- it's not required. A letter about the program is being sent out to all school districts.