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Jefferson Co. Schools sets up safety hotline

May 17, 1999|By DAVE McMILLION, Charles Town

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County Schools officials set up a hotline Monday to improve communication with parents about safety issues in the county's 13 schools.

After a bomb threat at Jefferson High School last month, there were persistent rumors that there was a bomb in the school, despite the fact nothing was found.

The hotline is designed to give the correct information about any incident at a school, said schools spokeswoman Liz Thompson.

For example, people may worry when they drive by a school and see students being led outside, Thompson said.

Callers may call the hotline at 304-724-5100 and learn that the activity at the school was simply a fire drill, Thompson said.

"We're just trying to get factual information out there," she said.

"We need to start focusing on the accomplishments of our students and begin the process of moving forward," said Superintendent of Schools David Markoe.

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Schools across the Tri-State area have been the target of threats since the April 20 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

Parents and other members of the community can also use the hotline to express concerns about safety issues in schools.

But anyone with information about a possible pending problem at a school should call police or the Board of Education at 304-725-9741, Thompson said.

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