KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Leaders with Knox County Schools, the FBI, and law enforcement are meeting to discuss back-to-school safety in the upcoming academic year Thursday morning.
The press conference will being at 10 a.m. at South-Doyle High School.
Knox County Schools said superintendent Dr. Jon Rysewyk will be joined by KCS Security Chief Jason Periard, FBI Special Agent in Charge Joseph Carrico, Knox County Sheriff Tom Spanger, and Knoxville Police Chief Paul Noel. KCS added that other members of the KCS leadership team members will be a part of the discussion.
School safety is at the forefront of many parents’ minds as the school year approaches, with the first day of classes for KCS students being August 8.
Just a few months ago, Rysewyk broke down the safety measures that kept staff and students safe when a gun discharged in a student’s backpack at West High School. The KCS Security Chief explained law enforcement and security responded seconds after they were alerted to the incident.
According to the Knox County Schools website, the district is investing $4.7 million for safety schools are updating their safety plans to meet the evolving threat landscape. The district also maintains an anonymous “Text a Tip” line for anyone to report any suspicious activity they see, hear, or read to Knox County Schools Security.
KCS says anonymous tips can be submitted by texting “knoxschools” followed by the tip to 274637. KCS adds that tips can be called into KCS security at 865-594-3624, but if it is an emergency or you feel threatened, dial 911.