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School resource officers expected at all buildings

| Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 9:31 p.m.

Chartiers Valley School District administrators continue to work with area police about placing school resource officers at district schools.

This comes after a report circulated that there would be an “act of violence” last week at the high school on Thoms Run Road in Collier.

That rumor was deemed to be unfounded, according to co-principals Tom Samosky and Amy Wodnicki. It was reported to Collier police, who investigated the matter and also found the threat to be unwarranted.

It is not known what the specific act of violence might be. Collier police did speak to some students, and found the threat to be “unsubstantiated,” the district said.

In a Dec. 18 letter to parents and posted on the Chartiers Valley School District website, Samosky and Wodnicki wrote that the district “takes all rumors and reports of violence seriously and reports them to the appropriate police department.”

Collier police are responsible for the middle/high school campus and primary school on Thoms Run Road, and Scott police respond to incidents at the intermediate school on Swallow Hill Road.

Meanwhile, there still are plans in place for Chartiers Valley to place school resource officers at all of its schools, following the shootings last month at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

Superintendent Brian White reviewed school safety measures and plans with Collier police Chief Tom Devine and Scott police Chief Jim Secreet. As a result, Chartiers Valley has sent requests to Collier to establish a school resource officer program.

The same request has been sent to Scott.

It is not known when the program would be put into place, how much it would cost or how the program would be paid for. District officials have not determined if the officers would carry handguns.

Jeff Widmer is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5810 or jwidmer@tribweb.com.

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