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Central Dauphin superintendent dispels rumors, talks district safety

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

On Monday night the superintendent of the Central Dauphin School District said media reports -- not from abc27 -- of a substitute teacher being arrested and led out of a building in handcuffs are false.

Dr. Carol Johnson also said that reports of threats of violence at the school were nothing more than rumors and not credible threats. She said there is a big different between the two.

Johnson talked of how the district is on a heightened state of safety awareness after the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn. She said administrators on Monday visited all the schools in the district.

"I have to report that the staff was certainly shaken by the events of last week," Johnson said. "But they have done nothing but strengthen their resolve to keep our students safe."

Johnson said that on Sunday night she talked with principals in the district along with local police. She said those departments provided extra patrols around all the Central Dauphin schools.

"They also provided detectives and other personnel to walk through our buildings with principals in order to take note of some of the proceedings and practices we have that may need to be changed or tightened a little bit," she said.

She said they sent emails and voicemails to parents, and they talked to students about keeping the schools safer by telling adults if they see something suspicious and to not let anyone in a locked door.

"We tried to encourage them to open up to one another, to their peers, particularly their peers who are struggling and seem to be having a difficult time with life on any given day," she said.

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