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UPDATE: SPASH increases security after rumors

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - Stevens Point Area High 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.

According to the school department web site, the Stevens Point Police Department, the Plover Police Department, The County Sheriff's Department, and the District are working together to ensure the safety of the students.

Listed below is the schedules for each officer and school found on the Stevens Point Area School District Webster:

1.   There will be a uniformed Plover Policeman in Plover-Whiting and Roosevelt schools for the rest of this week from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 

2.   There will be uniformed County Sheriff's Officer in Kennedy and McDill schools for the rest of this week from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

3.   There will be uniformed Stevens Point Police Officer in Bannach, Jefferson, McKinley, Madison, and Washington schools for the rest of the week from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

4.   At the Junior High Schools, the existing Stevens Point Police Liaison Officers will be on alert and present throughout the building and entrances for the rest of this week.

5.   There will be three (3) additional Stevens Point Police Officers on duty at SPASH the rest of this week before, during and after school hours. 

6.   In addition, each school has taken measures to further increase safety based on their unique building needs and staff.

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