Thursday, August 9th 2018, 1:27 pm CDT
MARSHALL COUNTY, KY (Heartland News at 9) -
While safety and security has been beefed up at schools throughout the Marshall County School District, this isn’t entirely a response to the deadly shooting there six months ago.
Those extra layers of security according to a Marshall County Chief Deputy have actually been in the works for a while now.
“It is something we’ve wanted to do for years to increase our presence there,” said Chief Deputy David Maddox, Marshall Co. Sheriff’s Department. “It’s something we feel, after the events of January 23, we owe the kids and we owe the parents to do everything we can to keep them safe and make them feel comfortable.”
The chief deputy says his department and the school board have been working hard to figure out funding for the extra presence.
Before the shooting there was only one school resource officer in the district.
Since the shooting his department has hired four additional school resource officers.
Inside the high school students noticed more security.
"Love will always win,” said Benton Mayor Rita Dodson. "We're a rural community - small tightly knit community that for the most part loves each other and want to help each other and see each other do well."