Perryville superintendent reviews district’s action to recent school threat

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (KBSI) – The recent threat at the Perryville School District is still an ongoing investigation, as authorities took a suspect into custody over the weekend.

The individual has been identified as a recent transfer student from Herculaneum.

District Deputy Superintendent Dr. Fara Jones says it was the effort and hard work of the team of authorities who helped solidify the case.

“It was really a team of everybody sitting around the table connecting with one another and really that’s what resulted in things moving at a rapid speed for us, so valuable,” said Jones.

One concern that had parents and students worried was the return to school activities on Tuesday morning. But, with the suspect in custody, school attendance increased by 90% percent.

“We were very pleased,” Jones said. “Our kids were ready to be back in school.”

A school resource officer is based at the school throughout the day, working to learn the buildings, making personal connections with students and staff and, most importantly, keeping everyone safe and secure.

Teresa Worthington is that officer for the Perryville School District. She’s been the school’s resource officer for six years.

“Because of that training that we did, our teachers, our staff, they knew what to do,” said Worthington. “They didn’t panic, they all stepped up and stepped into those rolls that they are assigned to do.”

Jones says school leaders prepare for during these uncertain circumstances with the safety training days the Perry County Sheriff’s Department and other local law enforcement orchestrate.

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