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Cridersville staff, police handled threat well

Another day in the life of a substitute teacher? No way. I was told to go to Cridersville Elementary to substitute teach Monday morning. Upon my arrival, I did my usual duty to check in at the office, only to find it empty. I was directed to the staff room, where the principal told me to take my car and go to Westview United Methodist Church. I promptly obeyed. When I got there and called my husband, in the rear view mirror, I already saw the children, class line by class line, arriving at the church.

I want to give kudos to Principal David Tester for emptying that building so fast. Parents, rest assured, your children were safe. Law enforcement was right there to make sure all streets were safely crossed. A plan was in place for these kinds of things, and it went off as smooth as silk.

Law enforcement: I don’t know how much you have drilled for this sort of thing, but it has more than paid off. Many parents are sleeping easier tonight. Also, my hats off to Westview for being a place of refuge and allowing the students to watch a movie to take the edge off.

As to the youngster that thought she could get away with this: When I was your age, I wouldn’t have even think such a mean thing. Just the thought of what my parents would have done to me would have been deterrent enough. I hope you can learn your lesson in court.

Because of Mr. Tester and the wonderful staff, when the building was cleared, we went back and had a normal school day.

— Marlene Wrasman, Delphos

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