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Thursday, January 29, 2015

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Social Media Comments

by Debbie Frederick

    Superintendent of Ritchie County Schools, Ed Toman, was contacted late Tuesday night from a high school student who had just seen a rather surprising post on the internet about the school. It wasn’t a direct threat, but bothered the student enough to reach out to the superintendent. Toman was at a meeting in southern West Virginia, and immediately packed up and drove back to Ritchie County to assess the situation.

    Mr. Toman told Ritchie Online there were “concerning comments” made on social media outlets and law enforcement was notified, which provided extra security at the school the next morning (Wednesday) and conducted an investigation into the matter.

    The school district administration felt the implied threat was not credible, but as a measure of caution looked into it, because that is the protocol. In this day and age, everything is taken seriously that becomes a disruption or interruption to the school day.

    Prevention Resource Officer, Captain Bryan Davis with the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Office, has an office at the school and remains on site most every day. West Virginia State Police Sergeant Clint Boring was called to assist with security. Toman said they developed a plan to provide support to the school and there was no lockdown ordered.

    Mr. Toman held meetings with the high school, and also the middle school, student leadership councils and received informative feedback from them about the entire matter, and to get a sense of how the student body was reacting. Students seemed to feel safe and secure with the measures taken that morning.

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    Toyota Motors said Wednesday it will voluntarily recall 52,000 Avalon sedans from 2011-2012 in the United States because of a fire risk.

    On the same day, Nissan announced they are recalling 768,000 Rogue SUVs, Pathfinders and Infinities worldwide because of faulty hood latches or an electrical short that could cause a fire hazard.

    For Toyota, a company new release stated cargo could contact one of the audio system’s subwoofer wires in the trunk and move the wire out of position. If one of the wires contacts the metal frame of the subwoofer, it may result in an intermittent short circuit. If that happens, the subwoofer could overheat and possibly cause a fire.

    Toyota dealers will provide a repair for the audio system, but in the meantime, owners can go to a dealership to have the rear subwoofer disconnected.

    For Nissan, over 552,000 Rogue SUVs from 2008-2014 pose a fire hazard if snow and salty water seeps through the driver’s side carpet to a wiring harness. this could cause a short and electrical fire.

    Over 216,000 Pathfinders and Infinities (JX35 and QX60) from 2013-14 are being recalled for faulty secondary hood latches.

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PRO In Schools

by Debbie Frederick

    Captain Bryan Davis of the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Office is the Prevention Resource Officer (PRO) for Ritchie County High School and Middle School. The state funds the program through a grant to get it established in a county, then the funding is eventually cut back for the county commissions and boards of education to finance and operate.

    This school year was the first not funded by the state, and the cost to have Capt. Davis at the school was split between the BOE and the County Commission. They both felt it was a worthwhile investment to keep, and made adjustments to their budgets to see that this position continues.

    Just as the title implies, “prevention” is a major part of the work. Building relationships and teaching health and safety practices to the students is a vital part. For instance, Capt. Davis patrols for tobacco use, and tries to educate students on the harm it can cause at every opportunity.

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