Police and School Officials Calm Parents Fears

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

April 18, 2006

School officials and police are reassuring parents and students tonight.

This may have been the week that four Albemarle County teens were planning to carry out their threat to blow up local high schools.

“I am here to say that the schools in Albemarle County are safe and secure,” said Albemarle County Police Lt. John Teixeira.

Police and school officials said there's absolutely no cause for concern but they do confirm that some parents have called worried about sending their kids to school on Thursday, knowing it’s the anniversary of Columbine and the day four students may have been planning attacks on local high schools.

“Our schools are safe places for our kids to be and we feel like our police department has assured us that they feel like they were able to bring this case to closure,” said Albemarle County School Superintendent Dr. Pam Moran.

The police department again said they are confident all students involved in the plot have been arrested and are behind bars. They said they have a comprehensive security plan in place for the next several days. They can't reveal the details of the plan but said officers assigned to the schools are specially trained in school security measures and that there is no reason for fear.

“There should be no hesitation in having your kids come get a good education that day,” said Teixeira.

School administrators also said they are happy to address any concerns that parents or students may have.

For additional security, Albemarle County schools administrators said they will be adding more surveillance cameras inside and outside the high schools this summer.

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