Runaway's note prompts school precautions
Two missing students, a phone call and a suspicious note drew a crush of Pasco sheriff's deputies to Sunlake High School on Friday afternoon. Two students, whose identities have not been released, had recently run away from home, said sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin. Around noon, Tobin said, one of the student's family members called the school to report that the student left a note saying they had a parent's firearm. Tobin emphasized the note made "no specific threat to the school." Still, he said, there were more deputies at the school, 3023 Sunlake Blvd., and a "high-supervision release" at the end of the day. "Given the current events," he said, "we're taking extra precautions to ensure safety of students on campus." As of Friday afternoon, the two students had not been found.
Guardian ad Litem training is Tuesday
Volunteer training gets under way on Tuesday for Guardian ad Litem, a program that pairs a court-appointed volunteer with a child in foster care to ensure someone is speaking for the best interest of the child in abuse or neglect cases. Studies have shown that children who have a volunteer Guardian ad Litem will spend significantly less time in foster care compared to children without an advocate. There are more than 200 volunteer advocates in Pasco representing almost 500 children. However, there are an additional 400 children in Pasco waiting for a volunteer to speak up for them. The free training is provided to qualified individuals at Rasmussen College in New Port Richey. Anyone interested in volunteering may contact the Guardian ad Litem's community outreach coordinators, Richard Crist or Bufus Gammons, at (727) 834-3493, email Richard.Crist@gal.fl.gov or visit guardianadlitem6.org.
Elections chiefs offer scholarship
Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley is accepting applications for the Florida State Association of Supervisors of Elections Scholarship. Applications can be accessed at pascovotes.com and are due by March 18. The association will award one $1,200 scholarship statewide to a political science/public or business administration or journalism/mass communications major. Applicants must have finished two years of junior college or undergraduate work, be enrolled or accepted as a full-time student in a senior college or university in Florida, have been a resident of Florida for two years, and demonstrate a financial need. Two letters of recommendation, one from a college or university last attended and one from a personal reference, should accompany the application. The applicant must be registered to vote. Corley will interview local applicants, then select one finalist from Pasco County for consideration for the statewide award.