Central Kentucky school hoping extra security will avoid appearance of being ‘soft target’

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Published: Mar. 28, 2023 at 12:03 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 29, 2023 at 2:05 AM EDT
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DANVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - A small Central Kentucky Christian school recently hired a school resource officer in hopes of preventing what happened in Nashville.

Danville Christian Academy (DCA) has hired former Boyle County Sheriff Derek Robbins as their SRO.

Robbins has been the DCA school resource officer for several months.

He says gaining access to the building has to be more difficult than simply opening the door.

At the school, you have to be buzzed in and there are cameras everywhere.

Robbins says he jumped at the opportunity and says new sheriff Taylor Bottoms worked out the arrangement for the school to join the public schools in having a dedicated law enforcement presence on campus.

Administrators wanted to be proactive in adding safety measures. There are secure entrances all around the school each requiring either a key fob or keypad entry. A cruiser is parked outside and it is clear there is extra security here, all the time.

“Since I have been here I try to stand out front. I know what parents are driving I know what the parents look like. I know what kid goes with what parent,” said Robbins.

Robbins says he hopes just the knowledge of that would avoid someone believing the school was a soft target.

“It is unfortunate. It is hard for schools to find a balance. Being safe for lockdown and still have an environment where kids don’t feel like they are in prison all day,” said Robbins.

He says DCA also practices lockdown procedures and other steps to make sure students and staff stay safe.