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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