Security heightened at Ridgemont following safety threat investigation

Ridgemont Schools

Ridgemont Local Schools put special security protocol in place for the school day Friday after school officials learned late Thursday afternoon of a student rumor of a safety threat to the school.

Superintendent Emmy Beeson said the district immediately contacted the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday afternoon to determine a course of action. She said no evidence of an actual safety threat has been received.

After conferring with the sheriff’s office, district administrators made the decision to continue with the school day Friday with the added presence of sheriff’s deputies on school grounds. Phone calls were placed to district families to inform them of the situation.

“I’m a mom, and if I thought student safety was an issue, we wouldn’t have had school today,” Ms. Beeson said Friday afternoon. “Our number one priority was that the day would be safe for our students.

“We believed that parents had a right to know what was going on, so we placed the phone calls last night.”

Friday was a district-wide field day, and all students in grades K-12 gathered at the junior high and high school facility in Ridgeway for activities planned by the high schools students. Two deputies were present for the course of the school day.

“Everything went well today, and we placed another call to parents during this morning to let them know that their children were doing fine,” the superintendent said.

Ms. Beeson said there is still an open investigation with the sheriff’s office regarding a school safety threat, but school on Monday will continue as scheduled.