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School Crisis Preparation

On May 7, 2007, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office brought together Superintendents, Administrators and Principals from all Miami County Schools, along with law enforcement officials to evaluate and examine their Crisis Response Plans in case of a school shooting or take over.  This effort was spearheaded by Doug Swallow, an employee of the Miami County Sheriff’s Office, who was working at St. Mary’s Hospital, Campbell County Tennessee as a security officer when on November 8, 2005, he was summoned to the hospital because a shooting had occurred at Campbell County High School, Jacksboro, Tennessee.  Through Doug’s efforts, the following individuals that survived that tragic day when 14 year old Kenny Bartley, Jr., brought a gun to school and shot and killed the Assistant Principal Ken Bruce, accepted the invitation to come to Miami County and tell their story about what happened, how they felt and reacted and how this incident has affected their lives. 

Accepting the invitation were :

    Mrs. Ken Bruce—Widow of Assistant Principal Ken Bruce who was killed.

    Gary Seace—Principal of Campbell County High School.

    Jim Pierce—Assistant Principal who was wounded and still carries the bullet inside his body.

    Steve Vinsant—Investigator for Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    Beth Mefford—President of senior class at time of shooting.

This program spawned further meetings and a cooperative effort by all involved.