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Pasco County high schools on alert after rumors of gang activity



If you've noticed increased police presence at Pasco County high schools and wondered what's going on, you're not alone. We've asked for an explanation, and here's the 411.

Although there have been no specific threats against any schools, there have been rumors of gang activity in some neighborhoods near River Ridge High School. As a result, the Sheriff's Office in conjunction with the school district has sent deputies to check things out at high schools all over the county.

"There's a heightened state of alert to ensure continued safety on campus," district spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli said.

"We want to make sure the kids know we are taking things seriously if we hear things," River Ridge principal Maria Swanson explained.

Some principals have told their staff members to pay closer attention to what students are talking about in the halls, and to keep an eye on who's coming onto school grounds. Swanson said security is key, and if kids know the adults are paying attention, things are more likely to remain calm.

"I would rather be safe than sorry," Swanson said, reiterating that the school has seen no problems.


[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 10:53am]


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