WEATHERSFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Parents in the Weathersfield Local School District said Monday that they are not happy with the way they found about an alleged threat at Mineral Ridge High School.
Even though the alleged threat of a student bringing a weapon to school on Monday was diffused quickly, some parents in the Weathersfield School District were not happy about hearing about the threat through the rumor mill, or on the Police Department’s Fecebook page.
“A threat that has to do with 100’s of our kids and I read about it on Facebook. Great,” one parent wrote.
“I expect a lot more than to read about it on Facebook,” another parent wrote.
Some parents wondered why police never called them. Weathersfield Police Capt. Michael Naples said they don’t have phone numbers for everybody whose children attend the schools.
“As the day went along and the rumors started to get around the community, we felt it was necessary to address it on social media and the new media is our only way to access the information to the public,” Naples said.
Superintendent Damon Dohar said the shcool dfistrict’s website is the official way to get word out to parents. The school does not have a robo call system like most schools in the valley.
“That is a system we are going to look at, along with the Board of Education. Anytime you have a situation like this, you always have to take a look back and say ‘what can we do this next time, how can we hone our skills a little bit better?’,” Dohar said.
Dohar said the Robo-call system is costly. For each student, it costs $1.50 a month, running upward of $24,000 a year depending on the system used.
Extra patrols were on duty at the high school on Monday to ease parents’ minds.