Medina police send officers to schools for show of force

MEDINA, Ohio - Medina police are sending patrol officers to all Medina City Schools Monday morning, hours after a shooting at Chardon High School.

Chief of Police Patrick Berarducci said the officers were deployed as a show of force and a precautionary measure.

Beraducci wants officers visible at all Medina schools.

"We have requested coverage assistance from Montville and Medina Twp Pd. Their mission is to provide visible support to our schools and visible deterrence to any potential copycats," he said.

"This action is designed to give our parents peace of mind as the Chardon situation is sorted out."

Medina Schools Superintendent, Randy Stepp, sent the following letter to parents:

Good Morning,
As you may already know, there was a shooting this morning at Chardon High School in Chardon, Ohio (Geauga County). As a parent I know how concerning this type of news is for you. I want to assure you that we have your children's safety as a high priority. Medina Police Department and Montville Township Police Department are on alert and are providing extra support to the schools to help us ensure the safety of everyone associated with the schools.

As always, it is extremely important that we all take emergency preparedness seriously. I encourage you to take some time to review with your children the seriousness of following all emergency procedures at school. It is extremely important that they do so in a very orderly and disciplined manner. If your children have questions or concerns about their role in an emergency, please encourage them to discuss this with their teacher or building principal.

I appreciate your support as we work together to do everything we can to keep your children safe.

Sincerely,

Randy Stepp
Superintendent of Schools

Medina police said they will patrol the all of the schools, with the help of Montville and Medina Township police.

"We are doing this again to show are concern for the students, parents and teachers as they go about their day. Its our hope to offset any anxiety that today's wide spread news coverage of the incident in Chardon may cause. We have no threat information regarding any of our schools. Thank you for your support."

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