Phoned-in threat to Union school triggers heightened security at all schools in county

Linda Trest
Staff Writer

A threat called in to a Union  School Tuesday afternoon caused all Franklin County schools--—including Gerald Elementary-—to increase their security.

Sheila Stokes, secretary at GES, confirmed that the school was on “lock out” status, which it is every day. Visitors must buzz for admittance and wait for the doors to be electronically unlocked. In addition to the lock out, students were not allowed outside at recess.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office provided deputies to assist the Union Police department in investigating the threat. 

An increased police presence was on hand as Union Schools dismissed for the day. The R-XI Union School District announced that parent-teacher conference and athletic events for Tuesday evening would be held as scheduled, with a continued increased police presence.