STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - Stevens PointAreaHigh School is stepping up its security due to rumors of violence planned this week.
The rumors are sparking a lot of questions for students.
“Should they just stay home? Should they come to school? Are they safe if they come to school? And pretty much freaking out a little about everything that’s going on,” said Amanda LaPointe, an 11th grader at SPASH.
SPASH principal Mike Devine says there is no evidence to support these rumors, but they’re still taking precautions. “You can’t take a chance, especially in the society that we live in today,” said Devine.
The main difference students will notice this week at SPASH will be an increase in police officers. “We have uniformed officers. We’ll have plain clothes officers. We are trained in case the worst scenario does happen,” said Sgt. Timothy Davy of the Stevens Point Police Department.
Police officials say the extra presence is to make sure students and staff stay safe. “We take it very seriously, but do you think something’s going to happen? Probably not, but you know what? We’re going to be ready if something does,” said Sgt. Davy.
“I don’t think it would happen, but you never really know, but I feel completely safe here at school,” said LaPointe.
School officials say they’re doing everything they can to make sure students continue to feel safe at SPASH.