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Threat Quickly "Nipped In the Bud' at West Central

by Dessa Rodeffer,  Quill Publisher-Owner

A threat of violence by a high school student has quickly been "nipped in the bud" by the West Central school officials and the Henderson County Sheriff's department.

West Central Supt. Ralph Grimm became aware of an incident that has been handled at the high school. It was on Sunday evening they became aware of an allegation of a threat of violence by a student to be carried out on a particular date.

Henderson County Sheriff Steve Haynes advises that he was contacted by a concerned parent of a possible threat of violence by a student at the West Central School District.

"Upon receiving this information," Sheriff Haynes said, "I made immediate contact with West Central School Officials regarding this information."

Sheriff Haynes advises that he and the Department have been in constant contact with school officials,

Supt. Grimm said that on Monday they interviewed several students to gather more information.

Grimm said in a recorded phone release to parents, students, and staff,"The district has dealt with this situation as for the discipline policy, and the consequences have been administered.

"Even though we believe the threat has been resolved we take any such threat very seriously and are taking steps to increase security.

"The safety and welfare of all our students is a top priority in the West Central School District and I want to commend faculty, staff, and students for identifying the threat and taking immediate action to contact proper authorities according to our school safety plan."

Sheriff Haynes said, "We have placed extra patrol at the school. I have also made contact with the Illinois State Police of this situation."

Sheriff Haynes advises that his main concern is the safety and well being of the students and staff.

Supt. Grimm went on to say, "I cannot share further details because of the ongoing investigation and student privacy laws but we will continue to stay in touch with law enforcement and monitor the situation."

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Supt. Ralph Grimm at 309-627-2371 or the Henderson County Sheriff's office at 309-867-4291.

Supt. Grimm said he appreciates the continued support of their students and the school district.