Marshall County sheriff meets with President Trump at White House

MARSHALL COUNTY, KY — Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars was among a group of law enforcement officials and others affected by school violence who met with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at the White House recently.

Byars, who arrested the 15-year-old Marshall County High School shooting suspect on Jan. 23, was at the meeting in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, March 1. He and others affected by school violence shared their personal stories and discussed possible ways to prevent future mass shootings in schools.

According to the sheriff’s office, Byars proposed measures including funding for more school resource officers and changes to the building at Marshall County High School.

Speaking with Local 6 on Monday, Byars explained what changes he believes need to be made to the building. “It was not built with school safety in mind when it was built, because at that time it really wasn’t that big of a concern,” the sheriff said. “Looking for federal dollars to make those changes, such as egress doors: making doors to where they can lock to where (intruders) can’t get in, but (students and teachers) can get out.”

He also talked with the president about the current state of mental health resources in schools and the possibility of a mental health professional working in every school system.

Byars also talked with Local 6 about president’s ideas to improve school safety. The sheriff says he doesn’t agree with all of them.

“I know he is talking about arming teachers. I don’t know if that is the right answer or correct thing to do,” Byars said. “Increasing our resource officers, I do think that is the right thing to do.”

You can view photos of the meeting on the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

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