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Kid’s comment gets a response

Bob Morehead
Herald Staff Writer

Following as it does a school shooting one state up two days ago, an all-call that went out in Barberton this afternoon frayed some nerves but there’s no cause for concern, officials say.
Barberton Middle School Principal Jessica Starcher sent the notice a little before 4:30 p.m., saying there’d been a threat at the school.
“I want you to know that we are aware of a situation that was reported toward the end of the school day today and was posted on social media that BMS was going to be in danger tomorrow.”Starcher said. “However, due to ‘See Something – Say Something,’ we were able to get ahead of and take care of this concerning situation. There is no threat and there is no reason to be worried; (School Resource) Officer (Shannon) Davis stepped in quickly to investigate and handle the situation entirely. I want to thank those students who made the right choice by speaking up when something didn’t sound right because that is what ‘See Something – Say Something’ is all about and it works. We are a team always working together.”
Superintendent Jeffrey Ramnytz told The Herald the incident involved an inappropriate comment the student made. He could not say what sort of discipline the student received but said it had been “taken care of.”


  1. Whambulance on December 6, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Keep your kids home? Idiots. Not one time have i felt these schools are not safe. They handled the situation like they should have. Police in all buildings are trained for this. Go cry somewhere else or home school your kids like that other weirdo lady that complains all the time.

  2. Joke Biden on December 4, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Sheesh! That Biden has everyone all screwed up.

  3. Amy Oplinger on December 3, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    My children immediately came home and informed me what they witnessed, and stated they feared going to school. I was also horrified and scared. This was well before the email sent to parents.
    A child threatening to shoot/blow up at the school is not simply a “SITUATION” as the new principal characterized. This vague notification did not alert parents to the true nature of the “situation” in order for them to make an informed decision regarding the safety of the kids, nor was the offer of remote learning put forth. I kept my children home today, and they logged in via Meets.

    Do better.

  4. Concerned parent on December 3, 2021 at 10:38 am

    This is unacceptable. Kids get bullied and when they say something, nothing gets done. There are fights at school almost daily. Fix this.

  5. Concerned parents on December 2, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    That’s exactly what the school said that just had a shooting. They said it wasn’t a concern and it was handled. Y’all should take better care of your students.

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