Law enforcement to increase presence at Pardeeville High School after violence concerns

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PARDEEVILLE, Wis. — Pardeeville High School administrators say they are taking steps to make the school and graduation ceremonies safer.

The move comes after the school heard concerns about potential violence at Saturday’s ceremony. In a letter to students and families sent Wednesday, principal David Bell said Columbia County law enforcement investigated the concern and found it to be unsubstantiated.

Bell said law enforcement officials will increase their presence in and around the school for the rest of the week. He also said the school works with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office to investigate any other safety concerns.

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The concern was raised just days after a gunman opened fire at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 students and two adults. Bell said he was “shocked and saddened” by the shooting.

“Safety of our students has been, and always will be, a top priority at Pardeeville Area School District,” Bell said in the letter. ” The trust that you show in the school district each and every day by sending your child(ren) here is not taken lightly and we will always work to maintain that trust.”

Bell said the school’s counselors are available to help students process the shooting.