Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Explains School Enforcement Activities and Offers Thanksgiving Message Ahead of School Vacations | The Panhandle News Network






MARTINSBURG, West Virginia — In a message to students and families ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Berkeley County Schools Superintendent Ron Stephens offered a message of gratitude to the community at large for supporting the school system as well as dedicated employees. .

Stephens also referenced the perceived social media threat at Hedgesville High School on Thursday. “We hope this will result in multiple arrests, as such actions threaten our students and staff and steal the education time of those who want and deserve an opportunity to learn. We will always treat these threats, as well as false reports on social media, as real and will investigate and prosecute when the situation permits,” Stephens said.

A warning from the state’s DHHR that the entire Eastern Panhandle was at increased risk for drug overdoses prompted the district to act.

“I want to let you know that today some of our district schools received visits from local law enforcement along with K-9 drug detection as a preventative and proactive presence” in response to the report , Stephens said.

“I recognize this may be alarming for some families, but please know that these visits are designed as an added layer of safety and security given the risk associated with the pattern of drug use,” Stephens said.

“As we head into the fall holidays, please take some time to rest and recharge. Spend some time thinking and talking about taking care of yourself mentally and physically, and when the time comes present, take this opportunity to reflect and talk about the appropriate and responsible use of social media that benefits you individually, your family, and our school community.