Kentucky State Police releases school safety video for youngest students

The Kentucky State Police has released a video that teaches pre-K and elementary students what to do when there is an emergency at school.

Courtesy: Kentucky State Police

The video, “Be Prepared, Not Scared,” features a state trooper teaching children how to act if there is a severe weather event, a stranger present, or even an active shooter situation. The lesson is presented in a kid-friendly way designed to inform the students without scaring them.

“While it is important to ensure that school administrators are trained in safety procedures, we can’t forget the significance of educating children in these areas,” said KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders in a news release. “With more than 1,200 schools in Kentucky, it is a challenge to have troopers in all of them on a given day. This video provides a way that we can still impact school safety, even if we can’t be there in person.”

The 18-minute video can be downloaded for free at kentuckystatepolice.org/safe-schools-program.

Courtesy: Kentucky State Police

Paducah mom Angela Johnson has an 8-year-old son and a 10-year-old son, and she said safety videos like “Be Prepared, Not Scared” are important, because of the string of tragedies at schools in recent years.

“It’s happening everywhere, and it’s very scary,” said Johnson. “Back when I was in school, they didn’t have that going on. You didn’t have to worry about that. But now, times have gotten so different and rough, you pray and worry about your kids while they’re in school.”

Johnson said she remembers the day of the shooting at Marshall County High School vividly.

“After the Marshall County shooting, I cried and I cried, and I worried about my kids being in school. And I cried, and I just prayed about it, because it is scary,” said Johnson. “Lord, I hope that doesn’t happen to my children, or my grandchildren, or nieces, or nephews while they’re at school, and I just pray for all of them.”

Johnson’s 8-year-old son, Ricky, said he knows who to go to when there’s trouble.

“Ask a teacher or something if you need help,” the third-grader said. “If you see something bad, you can ask the teacher or the principal.”

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