Officials: More SROs needed, not just armed cops

Kentucky education officials said Friday the National Rifle Association's call for armed police officers in every school is not the answer to school safety issues.

Instead, officials said every school should have a school resource officer who is not only armed, but is specially trained to work in schools.

"I support safety in our schools," said Terry Holliday, Kentucky's commissioner of education, "however, no armed guard could have prevented the Newtown incident. The culture of violence within our society makes movie theatres, churches, post offices, schools, and colleges prime targets for mass shootings."

Holliday said school resource officers are "part of the teaching and learning process."

Jon Akers, director of the Kentucky Center for School Safety, which helps schools develop individualized safety plans, said he would refine the NRA's statement to say that schools need resource officers, not just armed police officers.

Akers said school resource officers are not only present for protection.


Trinity wideout Quick is Player of the Year

Louisville Trinity had Plan B ready for the Class 6A state championship game just in case James Quick's rib injury prevented him from playing.

Turns out the Shamrocks were able to stick with their original strategy against Pleasure Ridge Park.

After being cleared to return earlier that week and catching a few balls during warmups, Quick went out and helped Trinity rout PRP 61-7 for its third consecutive state title. The senior wide receiver caught three passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns as the Shamrocks (13-1) won their 22nd championship.

For the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Quick, the game capped a stellar season including 1,416 yards and 16 TDs on 85 receptions.

It also clinched his selection as Kentucky's Mr. Football by members of the Associated Press.

"I was happier that we won the championship," said Quick, who closed his football career with 280 receptions for 4,209 yards and 52 touchdowns. "The key was just going out and having fun. I tried to touch up on my skills and improve in every area."


Pleasure Ridge Park's Jason Hiser voted top coach

Jason Hiser always believed he could bring Pleasure Ridge Park back from tragedy.

The challenge was convincing prospective players to buy into the rebuilding process.

Hiser took over the football program at the Louisville school in 2009 after former coach Jason Stinson was charged with reckless homicide following the heat-related death of Max Gilpin the year before. Stinson was acquitted, but Hiser had to start over with a small staff and no junior varsity.

Two losing seasons followed before PRP reached the second round of the Class 6A playoffs. The Panthers went even further this year, going 14-0 and reaching their first state championship game before losing 61-7 to Louisville Trinity.

"It was the most exciting year here for football," said Hiser, chosen Coach of the Year by a statewide panel of Associated Press members. "To have the staff that I had and the support of the school and the players, it was very rewarding."

Hiser was a PRP assistant coach at the time of Gilpin's death. After becoming head coach, his simple goal was finding players willing to put in the commitment to make the Panthers competitive.


U of L law school receives $1M for clinic

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law has received a $1 million gift that will permanently endow a student-run clinic that provides legal advice to the poor.

The donation from Sue Ellen Ackerson of Louisville and her family was made to honor her late husband, Robert Ackerson, who founded the Ackerson and Yann law firm. The clinic will be renamed The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic.

Since the student-run clinic began, it has handled more than 500 cases while working closely with the Legal Aid Society.

U of L said in a statement it is thought to be the largest gift that has been given to the law school.