Police Presence Calms School Concerns

CENTRAL POINT, Ore., – For the past week, school officials and police across the Rogue Valley have responded to internet rumors of threats against local schools. Those threats were determined to be unfounded, but police wanted to be at schools to calm any concerns there still may have been.

Central Point Police visited every school in District 6 on Friday, in an effort to help families feel safe and to reinforce the fact that schools are still safe places. Police said they regularly have a presence at any large school gatherings like assemblies, but said the recent concerns over internet rumors, and last week’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., were additional reasons for their visits Friday.

Police said parents thanked them for being at the schools Friday. Some parents even gave officers chocolates and other small gifts as a way of saying thank you.

We’ve had a lot of positive feedback, just seeing us around the schools today, and with the heightened awareness of things that have been happening, it’s just good to be seen around the schools,” said Lt. David Croft of Central Point Police.

North Medford High School’s Principal said Medford officers did a precautionary tour of the school Friday morning, and did not find anything suspicious.

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  1. James says:

    Connecticut has the nation’s fourth strongest gun laws. The State has done more than most states to combat illegal guns and has worked to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. They have strong gun laws that help combat the illegal gun market, prevent the sale of most guns without background checks and reduce risks to children. In fact, Connecticut has a one-of-a-kind law that allows a judge to remove guns from people who have been determined to be a threat to themselves or the State. Connecticut’s chief Democrat Governor and Attorney General need to explain why their state can’t enforce its own laws. Why didn’t restrictive gun control laws save the victims of Newtown? A criminally insane man stole legally-owned guns after being denied their legal purchase, broke in through a window, and killed children and adults, adults who were not armed to shoot back, and so died unable to save the children who were killed. Liberals and the deranged left are trying to use a tragedy as an opportunity pretending away our Second Amendment rights. In the midst of an awful economic downturn, violent crime is falling. Americans recognize that gun crimes have continued to trend down as more law-abiding citizens have gotten access to firearms. Placing armed Police Officers in schools is a good choice and brings an element of respect and civil obedence to the environment and perhaps we should arm and train the teachers to protect the students and themselves. Then mental whackos may not die because of suicide but by justice!

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