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Father of Marshall Co., KY shooting victim speaks out on updated school security

Marshall County schools have updated its school security measures, following the January 23rd shooting. (Source: KFVS) Marshall County schools have updated its school security measures, following the January 23rd shooting. (Source: KFVS)
MARSHALL COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

Marshall County Schools have updated its school security measures following the shooting at Marshall County High School that killed 2 students.

On Monday, June 4, the District Safety Committee met in order to make a final decision on the district-wide school security measures.

"I know my daughter she feels it's going to make the school safer," said Jeff Dysinger.

Dysinger's daughter was shot when a gunman opened fire inside the high school on January 23, 2018.

She survived, but two other students did not. 

Superintendent Trent Lovett said they made the committee bigger in order make the school safer. 

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"We added two parents to the committee, our school resource officer a bus driver and the local sheriff was also involved," said Lovett. 

The committee discussed several different options to make Marshall County schools more secure but ultimately came up with three big changes. 

"We're going to have metal detectors we purchased 10 metal detectors walk-through metal detectors," said Lovett. 

Lovett said there will be two metal detectors at each middle school and six at the high school.

"We did away with bookbags, we will no longer use book bags," said Lovett. "Some people complained about that a little bit but for the most part."

The superintendent says elementary students will be able to carry backpacks as long as they are made of a transparent material so nothing can be hidden inside.

Size restrictions will be determined for personal bags such as purses and laptop carriers."We also hired four additional resource officers we had one and now we will have five," said Lovett.

Lovett said three officers will be at the high school and the other two will be at the two middle schools, even with all the new measures in place, Superintendent Lovett said there are no guarantees. 

"I wish I could say that I have guaranteed that this will never happen again," said Lovett. "But you can't do that. You know regardless of what measures you take if something really wants to do something of this nature they will find a way to do it."

Dysinger said he is relieved to know security will be tighter at his daughter's school from here on out. 

"I think seeing some of the changes going around the school here it's going to get the kids coming into school a little more excited and I hope that it gives them a sense of security and hope," said Dysinger.

The committee was made up of representatives from each school, along with Superintendent Trent Lovett, parents, students, school security staff and family's representatives of the families impacted directly by the tragic shooting.

All district schools will receive additional and/or updated camera systems if needed.

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