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Student Threatens to Bring Gun to School Monday, District Ignores Media Requests to Inform Community

BROOKSVILLE – Separate school shootings claimed the lives of three students and injured 17 others in Kentucky and Texas, last week, but the motives are still unclear. On the heels of both tragic events, a Hernando High School Student found himself in a bit of hot water, after making threats on social media that he was going bring a gun to school this coming Monday. And with three fatal shootings in Brooksville last week, some parents say they’re still not comfortable sending their children to school on Monday.    

According to sources, two male students were involved in a physical altercation last week, which led to one of the students posting on Snapchat, “I come with the gun on black Monday, you are many but I do not give a F***.” The Sheriff’s Office investigated the incident and posted on their agency Facebook Page, “There was an incident, which began on a social media app, pertaining to Hernando High School on Friday that was initially perceived as a possible threat of violence.” At the conclusion of their investigations the Sheriff’s Office determined that there was and is no danger to the staff or students at the school. Hernando High School Principal Leechele Booker posted similar information to the school’s website, and executed a robocall to parents, advising them of the situation.

A second unrelated incident led to disciplinary action against a different student, after he brought a B.B. gun and narcotics onto school property.

RNRF received dozens of calls and emails about the threat but school officials refused to respond to four separate urgent requests for comment.

The only unofficial information provided to parents, prior to the school’s announcement, appeared on the Fix Hernando Schools Facebook page by School Board member, Mark Johnson. During a heated debate that took place on the FHS thread, Danielle Underwood stated to Johnson, “Can you tell us what happened? Also, can you put an end to the retaliation and childish games? (Referring to the School Board’s treatment of RNRF). . . She further states, “We deserve answers as tax payers. Tell Karen Jordon aka Jane citizen to get her head out of her a** … rant over.”

Johnson responded, “I have no information on Hernando HS, I will check, I want to know if something or nothing occurred. I probably won’t have an answer till Monday. Yes, the games need to end on both sides. Lemmons is not entitled to answers from Karen Jordan, he is entitled to information as it pertains to FOIA. I do not like not having facts or information regarding issues at schools either, so I will look into this.” In essence, Johnson is telling the community, e.g. the tasxpayer, that RNRF has no right to request urgent information pertaining to the safety of students, and that all [we] will be provided is the bare minimum allowed by law.

“Bill Lisa Dangle Whitman” responded to Johnson’s statement, “Mark Johnson, please don’t hate Thomas Lemons for keeping us all informed. . . I don’t understand why the schools hide info from us when we all hear about it on social media!!! Just please be honest with us all! RESPECT GOES BOTH WAYS!”

Underwood reminded Johnson that people will remember his statement come election time.

Karen Jordan’s new “resistance” in providing information to RNRF is suspected to be a response to an unflattering article about overpaid and under experienced Public Information Officers in Hernando County, as well as her displeasure over the recent “School Bus Test” conducted by RNRF.

RNRF spoke to School Board member Beth Narverud about the PIO’s childish behavior, so she sent the following letter to Superintendent Romano and Karen Jordan. “It is my belief that we should be responding to media requests for information regardless of our individual opinions of the media outlet placing the request.  It is important to cooperate and put our best honest and transparent foot forward.  Knowing that we operate with integrity and in the best interest of our students we have nothing to hide.”

With so much recent violence in Hernando County, parents are thinking twice before sending their children back to Hernando High School tomorrow, especially since it is believed that the student who made the threat was not charged with a crime, however that has not been confirmed.

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  • Wow so much could be said here. First I think we need to remember as Parents that children are a reflection of what they see or who they are around. In today’s day and age both parents must work in order to make their financial obligations each month, this creates an issue for being available to watch over our children as closely as we would like. We can not always blame the parents and throwing children out of school because they can not behave is only going to make things worse. We are supposed to be leading these children to bigger and better futures. So with that said, the corrupt behavior within our school system must end and in order to do so we the people need to use our voices to make those changes. If you are only contributing your thoughts and not interested in lending your time then there will be no changes. If we as a community can come together with one voice and attend the meetings we can all attempt to make positive changes together.

    Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 9:45 am
    • So, let me get this straight. Point 1: Children reflect who and what they see. Response: Children spend roughly 2/3 of their day with their families or with someone the families CHOSE to watch their children. ..PARENTS TO BLAME.
      Point 2: Two working parents are incapable of raising kind, respectful, well-mannered children in this “day and age.” Response: Working parents is not a new phenomenon. This has been going on for decades. Had they been taught or had a model of morality including empathy, for ALL living things from the get go, how closely you watch over them would not be an issue. If you’re struggling to make ends meet, then, set some limits, get on a budget, and stay on it like the big boys and girls. By the way, there are millions of families out there with two working parents AND well-adjusted children not to mention the single parents! You think they all have a perfect school district? Grow up!…PARENTS TO BLAME.
      Point 3: Throwing students out of school for misbehaving will only make things worse. Response: I agree with you up to a point. Children who misbehave shouldn’t be thrown out of school, but children who are a danger to others should. Immediately. Children who disrupt others ability to learn due to misbehavior should have to attend school with their parents until such behavior ceases. Believe me, if this were to happen, where the PARENT is inconvenienced, or put upon, rather than a single teacher and 20-30 other children, those kids would no longer be an issue because the parents would nip it in the bud and make sure it never happened again…PARENTS TO BLAME.
      Point 4: The corrupt behavior in Hernando’s school district must end. Response: So be it. I hate corruption and those who perpetuate it.
      Final thought: Just because you CAN have children does not mean you SHOULD.

      Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 10:35 pm
  • this was taken from channel news dated 10/17/2017: A 15-year-old River Ridge High School student was arrested after he told several other students he was going to shoot up the school.
    The 15-year-old was arrested for making hoax threats to shoot up the school at the upcoming homecoming dance

    Tuesday, 30 January 2018, 6:25 am
  • Why are school board members paid, anyway? They most likely all have full time jobs, with benefits. Why do we need to pay them the big bucks, plus benefits and retirement, for a job that meets a couple of times a month? Up north, they get no pay. They should not, here, either. Just proves they are in there for the cushy money, and not for the kids.

    Monday, 29 January 2018, 5:01 pm
  • For a petition i believe we need 1% of registered voters in the county at a cost of 20 cents a signature. For the state we would need almost 800,000 for consideration..

    Monday, 29 January 2018, 12:54 pm
  • Section 8 has brought simpletons to the suburbs,thank Berzerk Obama.

    Monday, 29 January 2018, 11:48 am
  • Greg, Lena, and Madea’s sister I agree with all of you the Hernando County school system is a joke.I have personally taught in this system and I have seen the corruption. The public school system has taken a back to educating it students to what programs get them money you can see it at Central High school with the NJROTC program that is really whats keeping it a float. Central has both an entire hallway filled with computer rooms that they only use during testing time and a library that can’t be accessed because its being used for online classes and they are far from the worst one. Spring***** High school has an excellent IB and AP programs however its administrators turning a blind eye to disciplinary matters because, too many write ups looks bad for them and might lower there pay. I was told by an administrator when I sought help for students who were disrupting my classes to “let them fail” meaning all the students of the class whether trying or not. I was also recommended to teacher more to the lower spectrum students and leave the more intelligent students to be get bored.Also all the certification the schools are getting your children the teachers of the class gets a part of a trickle system bonus for each student who gets a certification to hell if they actually learn anything! I mention the trickle system because the teacher might get $20.00 a certification the administration, school broad, etc see more then that. Some of the teachers really do try because they are in the trenches and care about your children but they seem to be weeding them out for teachers who will follow the school boards program. LENA: unfortunately we can’t kick the trouble makers out of school because the no child left behind act which has had good intentions has been turned into an excuse for laziness. However my thought is parents need to be held accountable for there children(its unpopular I know) the teachers can’t do much of anything to stop the students and the student know it, the administration won’t do much because it affects their job. Also from the student prospective the students know that most of what they are learning doesn’t really apply to the world outside of school. I know it a long rant and I apologize for the length hopefully the information is of some use for further investigation. To all who wish the current regime to change I also suggest you carefully choose their successor because they have groomed some of those that would follow to be just more of the same.

    Monday, 29 January 2018, 10:16 am
    • Wow, no wonder you’re a former teacher. Please learn some grammar skills.
      However, I do agree with some of what you wrote. For those talking about an alternative school, we do have one, it’s called Endeavor and is based at Central. It’s principal is one of the best in the county.
      Lastly, if anyone watches the school board meetings, you will see that the female members are not puppets for the Superintendent. The males are enamored with her, but the females often question or challenge some of her decisions and are on the side of the teachers, parents, and students.

      Monday, 29 January 2018, 11:12 am
      • Lulu, rude comment for ex teacher, I don’t see a thing wrong with her grammar, Who really cares what you think, probably connected somehow to them.

        Monday, 29 January 2018, 4:26 pm
      • I agree. “There” refers to a PLACE. “Their” refers to a PERSON. Wrong one used TWICE.

        Monday, 29 January 2018, 4:57 pm
  • I may need to jump into this School Board Race just to bring back some reality to the news and to the schools who have both seem to have lost their ways. If the Pio is providing the information required under foia then I’m not real sure I understand what the anger is about. If a question is asked and tlthere’s no information then saying I need to look into that is an acceptable answer

    Monday, 29 January 2018, 7:26 am
    • We so badly need new people on that school board. Peoplee with honest open minds . that will truly listen and represent the public. No more time or room for puppets

      Monday, 29 January 2018, 10:24 am
  • GOOD, yes GOOD. Its about time that our citizens get off there ass and go after our elected officials who don’t know a thing about running a school system. But remember one thing, the ones now complaining could have been the ones voting them in. Lets not have history repeating itself here.

    Monday, 29 January 2018, 5:20 am
  • We need more accountability in the School District. This administration is resistant to public records requests. It has been well documented in the news. They operate in the shadows. This superintendent has a spoils system where she only appoints her cronies. Her power goes unchecked. The Board is essentially a rubber stamp except for petty squabbles like the Great Secretary Dispute. They dont care about the teachers or the students. They care about the numbers. Look at the Moton. The school is so bad the state is investigating. Make Hernando County Schools Great Again (and before you say that the schools are doing well, remember that the state manipulated the testing data two years ago in order to prop up numbers. Just wait until the numbers catch up with us).

    Monday, 29 January 2018, 4:11 am
  • This karen jordan needs to be fired or the school board needs to be voted out next election.This is getting so childish the way the pio of the school system and the sheriff’s office are being.Why don’t us citizens start a petition to habe them removed …i bet after like 5,000 names,they fire them.

    Sunday, 28 January 2018, 11:55 pm
    • Let’s send Denise and Karen packing folks.Lets start a petition..power to the people!!!!we run the govt ….the citizens do as our founding fathers of our country have stated.

      Sunday, 28 January 2018, 11:58 pm
    • how do we begin…I am in and would gladly volunteer to help. Tom you have my email address please email me with info or let me know if anyone else is willing to volunteer their time.

      Monday, 29 January 2018, 11:04 am
  • Troublemaking kids need to be kicked out of school immediately let them be the parents problem not everyone else’s it’s ridiculous I don’t think anyone is paying taxes for this kind of crap

    Sunday, 28 January 2018, 11:38 pm
    • Lena, if kicked out of school these brats ENJOY themselves. The “parents” don’t care, the brats sit around watching/playing videos and then go out robbing, etc. What is needed is ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL. They should be sent to a secure jail type facility and taught there. As for the game playing “adults”(?) they ALSO NEED TO STOP THEIR GAMES. IN TODAYS WORLD INFO NEEDS TO BE DISSEMINATED INSTANTLY TO THE PEOPLE – ALL PEOPLE. STOP YOUR STUPID VENDETTAS AND GET OVER YOURSELVES. HCSO, HCSB YOU ARE ENDANGERING EVERYONE’S WELFARE.

      Monday, 29 January 2018, 8:17 am
  • Ramano and Jordan , one is a tramp, the other a trollop and Johnson , a closet rump ranger ( is that lipstick he’s wearing? ) , that’s your school board, Hernando , that’s who you voted for . ……..Reminds me of Harper Valley PTA.
    ” The day my mama socked it to , the Harper Valley PTA……..”

    Sunday, 28 January 2018, 11:00 pm
  • FINALLY! A voice of reason coming from the HCSB. I had lost all hope of a single person left there with any common sense or integrity. Thank you BETH NARVERUD for taking a stand for the PARENTS and TAXPAYERS of this community on what we have a right to know. We are ALL at the point of ‘cleaning house’ of ALL of the corrupt leaders in Hernando County to include law enforcement, B.O.C.C., and HCSB. Time to drain our ‘local’ swamp. Cover-ups and un-accountability is no longer an option to us. It is NOT acceptable behavior for the leadership in our county. Those that were voted IN, can just as easily be voted OUT. And it’s gonna happen…they need to remember that when they are sittin’ pretty up on their throne seats. We have had enough…..

    Sunday, 28 January 2018, 7:57 pm

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