LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Wednesday morning, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens distributed a letter to parents of JCPS students regarding the school shooting that took place at Fern Creek Traditional High School yesterday afternoon. Below is the full text of that letter.

JCPS Parents / Guardians,

An upsetting and senseless event happened yesterday in our school community. I want you, as a Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) parent/guardian, to have accurate information about the incident directly from me.

At approximately 1 p.m., a student at Fern Creek Traditional High School was shot inside the school building by a suspect who fled the premises. School officials immediately initiated lockdown procedures and then contacted Emergency Medical Services and Louisville Metro Police.

The student is currently in the hospital recovering from non-life-threatening injuries, and police have arrested the suspect. Our hearts and our thoughts are with the student and family.

I commend the students, teachers, and staff for their admirable behavior during this frightening situation. They executed Fern Creek's safety plan, and all students remained protected in their classrooms while the building was thoroughly searched and secured by police.

We are actively reviewing our school and district safety protocols as we do after every incident in which a student is harmed or placed in an unsafe situation. The safety and security of each student is our number one priority, and we will thoroughly examine the circumstances that led to yesterday's traumatic event. No student deserves to be exposed to gun violence.

I ask you to take this opportunity to begin regularly talking with your children about what they hear or see on the news, at school, or in their neighborhood. Talk with them about the importance of reporting any suspicious activity to adults, and let them know that trusted adults in their schools and community are here to help them anytime they have a question or concern.

Our JCPS family faced a trying situation yesterday, and our thoughts are with those who were impacted. We will remain focused on supporting these students and staff members and on ensuring that all students are safe and secure in our schools.

We are proud to serve you and your child.


Donna M. Hargens, Ed.D.
Jefferson County Public Schools