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i SPIRIT of JEFFERSON and FARMER'S ADVOCATE NEWS PAGE Wednesday, May 30, 2018 Shooter FROMPAGEA1 merit{have been notified." 0he of the students who heard the boy's statements in a third-period class t~,: ~: said he'd talked of shooting an admin- istrator and others and said he had ac- cess to guns at home. The students who heard the discus- szon said they felt "rattled." :ii,a Ve are aware of a discussion that occurred in a classroom at Harp- i ers Feh'y Middle School,' Sponaugle saidi "School administration was in- fo diof the discussion," -It isn't clear whether the student had been suspended or would remain at ": " the'middle school through the end of the school year on Friday. Sponaugle wrote in a statement later Tuesday: "Incidents like this are han- - dled on a case by case basis, but fol- low our standard protocols. We have licensed counselors and therapists for ' students. We have anonymous report- ing mechanisms as well as several pro- , grams devoted to building secure and : trusting relationships with adults in the building so kids feel safe reporting. Fi- nally, we do not provide information about student discipline matters and appreciate your understanding of pro- tecting student confidentiality." Meanwhile, parents of students in Parkland, Fla where a Feb. 14 shoot- ing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School killed 17 and injured more than a dozen others, are protest- i ing the proposed June 6 release of a ./ . computer video game that would al- low players to re-create school shoot- ings by stalking school hallways and racking up kills. The game, titled "Active Shooter," is branded as a"SWAT simulator" that lets players choose between being an active shooter terrorizing a school or the SWAT team responding to the shooting. It was developed by Revived Games and pub- lished by the company Acid. The Miami Herald reports that a de- scription of the game comes with the following disclaimer: "Please do not take any of this seriously. This is only meant to be the simulation and nothing else. If you feel like hurting someone or people around you, please seek help from local psychiatrists or dial 911 (or applicable). Thank you." Acid said in a blog post Thursday that its game does not promote vio- lence and that it might remove the shooter's role in the game. On Sunday, Ryan Petty, the father of a 14-year-old slain at Marjory Stone- man Douglas High,called for the game's release to be canceled. "It's disgusting that Valve Corp. is trying to profit from the glamorization of tragedies affecting our schools across the country," Petty, who is running for Broward County School Board, said in a statement. "Keeping our kids safe is a real issue affecting our communities and is in no way a "game.'" Andrew Pollack, the father of 18- year-old Meadow Pollack, who was killed on the third floor of the high school's building, said "sick people" were behind the game's creation and release. He said these kinds of games desensitize young people to the trage- dy that befell his d iughter. "The last thing we need is a simulat- ed training on sch l shootings," said Pollack, the founder of the school- safety advocacy group Americans for CLASS. "Video game design- ers should think .of the-influence they hold. This really crosses the line." Meanwhile in Idatio; law enforce- ment officialshave issued a public safety warning after several parents responded to a recent school lockdown armed with AR' i5dries and a pistol. The Idaho State Journal reports that Marsh Valley High School was placed on lockdown on May 23 due to allega- tions a student was carrying a pistol. Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen says some parents - alerted by students locked in classrooms via text and calls - decided to show up to the school carrying AR-15 rifles. Another parent was carrying an un- holstered pistol, which resulted in a confrontation with a state trooper. That parent was asked to leave school grounds and has since apologized to the trooper. Nielsen says it is a "very bad idea" for parents to show up to a school lockdown armed with guns because it could cause law enforcement officials to think they're active shooters and open fire. And in Indiana, Jason Seaman, a sci- ence teacher who was shot while tack- ling an armed student at a suburban Indianapolis middle school on Friday, has been released from the hospital. The district planned to honor Sea- man at a baseball game this week. By CHRISTINE SNYDER editor@spiritofjefferson.eom CHARLES TOWN- Members of the Jefferson Coun- ty Commission this week will consider four applicants for an appointment as the citizens rep on the Jefferson County Emergency Services Agency board - Ramona Wesling, Tricia Jackson Worden, John Sherwood and Sara Thomsen. Wesling, the leader of the West Virginia Liberty Political Action Committee, initially was the only candidate under consideration. She's known for frequent verbal attacks on Jefferson County Commissioner Jane Tabb, a fellow Repub- lican, on the Liberty PAC's Facebook page. She also labeled the county's ambulance fee an "ambulance tax" and has urged the JCC to do away with it and has com- pared Charles Town Mayor Scott Rogers to "a certain Ger- man politician in 1939" when arguing against a Charles Town annexation plan. A decision is expected at Thursday's JCC meeting for the appointment to an unexpired term that ends June 30, 2019. ' Sherwood, a Charles Town resident who has worked as hospital administrator, is a native of Baltimore who has lived in Jefferson County since 2000. He served as CEO of Jefferson Memorial Hospital froi 2000 to 2005 and in leadership roles at hospitals in thre communities in Pefinsylvania starting in the mid-1970s. also an active volunteer, including with Hospice of the Pan- handle and St. James the Greater Catholic Church in Charles Town. Worden, who lives in Harpers Ferry, works as a special. ity baker and as a human resources consultant. According to her Facebook bio, she studied business administration and project management through Liberty University's online pro4 grams. :rz~ Professional Realtor Top producer since 1992 MaryEIlenMahOn y: cbm 304-724-0711 Direct Line "Making My Client's #1 Goal My #1 Goal" Broker M. Margie Barges Long & Foster Realtors 91 Saratoga Drive Charles Town, VW ), ~ >,i~ t I < Are you the next Oscar (or Olivia) Madison? 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