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Ringgold School District Making Security Changes After New Threats Surface

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MONONGAHELA (KDKA) -- Teachers in the midst of a labor dispute, students out of the classroom. That's stressful enough on the Ringgold School District, but now, new threats have surfaced.

This time they are against administrators.

The school district posted a statement online, indicating there will be metal detectors at the high school for Monday's school board meeting. The full statement, posted to their website and Facebook page, reads:

The Ringgold School District is committed to providing a safe and secure atmosphere for all District activities. Recently, threats have been made against the teachers and Central Administration, as a result the November 20th Board meeting will be held at Ringgold High School. Anyone attending the meeting will be required to participate in metal detector screening. To expedite the metal detector process, no one may bring any bags, purses, or backpacks into the building.

It's the result of threats against teachers, and most recently, Central administrators.

Maria Degnan, the president of the Ringgold Education Association, told KDKA's Kym Gable that, to her knowledge, the new threats were not posted on social media.

"It's really just unfortunate... that it happened to the teachers, but also Central Administration," Degnan said. "We're trying to get a contract. It's unfortunate some people have allowed it to escalate to this point."

A Ringgold School spokesperson released this statement on the investigation:

"Monongahela Police are investigating a threatening letter that was received by the District on Friday, November 10, 2017. Since it is under investigation, I do not want to reveal any details of the letter that may hamper this investigation. Needless to say the message was both disturbing and frightening. Our District Police department has implemented procedures to insure the safety of our District staff and administrators."

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