One year after a student shot two classmates to death in Marshall County, Kentucky and a former student massacred 17 students and educators at a high school in Parkland, Florida, communities continue to search for ways to bring a sense of safety back to the classroom.
Kentucky has a free school safety tipline created by a former teacher and administrator who worked in the district where a deadly high school shooting occurred more than two decades ago.
Karen McCuiston was a teacher in McCracken County schools prior to becoming the district’s public relations director in 1997. She never expected that three months into her new job she would be the spokesperson for a tragedy that, until that time, was unimaginable in rural Kentucky. A 14-year-old student shot three classmates to death at Heath High School in West Paducah on Dec. 1, 1997.