Threats prompt stepped up security at Springfield school

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) – Threats of violence at a Clark County school have prompted police to step up security.

The threats come nearly a week after a Springfield High School football player was murdered.

17-year-old Jeff Wellington was shot and killed on Easter Sunday trying to break up a fight.

Police believe 17-year-old Tyrin Hawkins pulled the trigger.  They’re still searching for him tonight.

“We protect our children.  We help our children and, most importantly, we’re educating our children,” says Springfield City Schools Superintendent Dr. David Estrop.

He says none of the threats have proved credible.

But as a safety measure, Springfield Police patrolled the halls of the Springfield High School Friday.

“The one that caught everybody’s attention today was on one of the public media was that there were going to be some shootings or something here at Springfield High or that the place was in total chaos.  Well, Springfield High is not in chaos and no there hasn’t been any shootings this week or anything even close to it here,” explains Dr. Estrop.

And Dr. Estrop is asking for the community to come forward if they hear about any threats.

“If you hear something, who did you hear it from? How did you hear it?  Was it on social media?  Was it in a phone conversation? Where did you hear it from, under what circumstances?  The more specific information you can give us or the police, the more helpful you will be,” says Dr. Estrop.

Parents, like Tilly Potter, are paying extra attention to their kids.

“He has certain time frames, on the computer, on his phone.  I have passwords.  I check everything,” comments Potter.

And, she feels confident the about the school’s security.

“I feel completely safe with him being here.  I know they’re not going to let nothing happen to him while he’s here,” says Potter.

Extra police officers and faculty will be at Saturday’s Junior-Senior Prom at The Springfield House. .
All students will be required to show a picture ID.

No tickets will be sold at the door and no one will be allowed without inside without one.

Students will also be scanned with a handheld metal detector when entering, as done in years past.

Dr. Estrop says the district will also provide emotional support at the dance.

“We know for some of the children, this is a very important event and Jeff will not be there.  So, we’ll have counselors there.  We usually don’t do that but this year, we will have counselors,” says Dr. Estrop.

Grief counselors will be at school again next week as well.

 

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