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JCPS School officials conduct active shooter training

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- JCPS is planning for the worst: an active shooter situation inside its schools.

More than 50 JCPS security personnel, counselors, and assistant principals gathered at Atherton High School Monday for the training, which stressed preparation and planning.

It's the third time this year JCPS has held an active shooter training exercise, and officials want to emphasize that Monday's training was not a direct response to the shooting at Fern Creek on Sept. 30 -- it was planned before that happened. 

"What happened at Fern Creek, if they hadn't had training and drills, things could've gone a lot worse," said Stan Mullen, JCPS security director.  

However, the shooting was frequently used as an example throughout the presentations. Mullen says they are now working to improve dialogue with police, parents and students. For example, Mullen said a breakdown took place on Sept. 30 when JCPS officials tried to dismiss elementary students, but it wasn't communicated to police. 

"We're looking at how we can take advantage of modern technology," Mullen said. 

He says they are checking out services that would provide instant, automatic text messages, emails and phone calls to parents. 

Mullen also says some Fern Creek students felt intimidated by the police officers with their weapons drawn because it wasn't a situation many had encountered before. 

"What we haven't done is involve students," Mullen said. "The exercises and drills involving police have been staff only."

Since the shooting, St. Matthews Police have worked with Wagner High School on a lockdown scenario. It's practice for a situation they hope will never happen again in the hallways of JCPS. 

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