Office of Homeland Security
Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Hosts School/Student Threat Assessment Conference

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 10, 2005  
Contact Information:  Jason Keller

FRANKFORT, Ky.: The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security today completed a two-day School/Student Threat Assessment Workshop for 450 Kentucky educators, law enforcement personnel and child-serving agency members.  

The workshop, which was made possible through a partnership with the U.S. Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Kentucky Center for School Safety, U.S. Department of Education and the United States Attorney’s from both the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, provided instruction and networking opportunities to the participants that will serve to make Kentucky’s schools safer.  

“The safety of our children and schools are critically important aspects of our public safety efforts,” said (Ret.) Maj. Alecia Webb-Edgington, Kentucky’s Director of Homeland Security. “This workshop has served to address the issues related to this senseless violence and it is my hope that the information and resources shared here will lead to safer schools and communities.”  

Jon Akers, Executive Director of the Kentucky Center for School Safety said, “School safety is kid safety. Events such as this one allow for all affected groups, from school personnel to law enforcement to mental health partners, to begin a dialogue on how we can learn from past mistakes and make the environment our children learn in safer.” 

The U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education led a day-long workshop for 450 participants today in Lexington. The workshop was the result of a nationwide study conducted by the U.S. Secret Service and U.S. Department of Education in response to concern about the safety of America's schools and school children, called the “Safe School Initiative” (SSI).  The study was an analysis of school shootings and other school-based attacks in the United States.  

"Training and cooperation between education officials and law enforcement personnel are vital to providing safe schools for Kentucky's children,” said David Huber, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. “I am pleased and honored that my office had a part in bringing the two groups together to network and train side by side.  I was impressed by the dedication and commitment of the conference attendees to work together to prevent violence in our schools." 

The primary goal of the SSI has been to provide accurate and practical information about the thinking and behaviors of students who have carried out acts of targeted violence in American schools. The School/Student Threat Assessment Conference is designed to provide educators, law enforcement officials and child-serving agencies with current information that will assist them in understanding existing trends that will work to make Kentucky’s schools safer.