Community meeting addresses WF shooting threat

From left: West Fork Superintendent Darrin Strike, Executive Director of Special Education for the Area Education Agency 267 (AEA) Mary Stevens and PK and High School Principal Clyde Tarrence field questions during a community meeting held to address a recent threat made against the West Fork School District. CAITLIN WARE | PIONEER ENTERPRISE

Sheffield Police Chief Sam Cain addresses the audience during a community meeting at West Fork High School on May 11. The meeting was scheduled to provide an opportunity for comunity members to ask questions about a recent threat against the West Fork School District. CAITLIN WARE | PIONEER ENTERPRISE

As police investigate, one suspect detained, others suspended  

In an effort to quell rumors regarding a recent shooting threat against the West Fork School District, a community meeting was hosted at the high school on May 11.

According to Sheffield Police Chief Sam Cain, on Friday, May 5, a concerned citizen notified local law enforcement of rumors about a shooting threat targeted at the school district and those associated with it. Specific details about the date and location associated with the threat, and number of people involved in it, was unknown.

The Sheffield Police Department and the Rockwell Police Department came together with the district to investigate, and spent May 6-8, interviewing students and assessing the credibility of the threat. No weapons were involved or found during the investigation, and no students were hurt or placed in immediate danger, according to Superintendent Darrin Strike.

By the end of the day on May 8, “the main threat had been contained.” According to a press release issued by the school district on May 14, the primary suspect in the situation had been and still is being detained by law enforcement, and other persons of interest have been suspended from school.

Read the full article in the May 18 edition of the papers.